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Members of the Fitzgerald family from St. Patrick's Place, Fethard, who came
together to celebrate their brother, Paddy's, 70th birthday held on Saturday 21st
May. L to R: Michael, Dick, Biddy, Tony, Paddy, Ollie, Mary and Jimmy.
Dick Sheehan photographed with family members on the occasion of his 60th
Birthday Surprise Party. L to R: Dan Sheehan, Ann (Sheehan) Baker, Dick
Sheehan, Bridget (Sheehan) Mann, Johnny Sheehan and Michael Sheehan.
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Table of contents
29 Seconds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
A black feathered problem . . . . . . . . . . . 149
A Railway Tale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Abbey 700 Anniversary Celebrations! . . . . .7
Abbey Greetings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Abymill Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
A letter from Ring College . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
All work and no play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Arts award for Austy in the Abymill . . . . . 95
Badgers — soccer for the over 30s . . . . . . 41
Beneath the spreading chestnut tree . . . .143
Bigger and hopefully better! . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Brain Freeze! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Church of Ireland News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Civil Defence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Community education in Fethard . . . . . .141
Contact Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Deaths in the parish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Do You Remember 1970? . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Donations Received 2005 . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Easter Monday 1830 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Fethard & District Credit Union . . . . . . . . . 25
Fethard & District Day Care Centre . . . . 159
Fethard & Killusty Community Council . 154
Fethard & Killusty Community Games . . 88
Fethard & Killusty London Reunion . . . 180
Fethard And Killusty Anglers . . . . . . . . . 138
Fethard Ballroom celebrate 12 years . . . 178
Fethard Boys Scouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Fethard Bridge Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Fethard Community Scheme . . . . . . . . . .161
Fethard Community Sportsfield . . . . . . . . 92
Fethard GAA Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Fethard Historical Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Fethard ICA Guild . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Fethard Legion of Mary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Fethard Open Coursing Club . . . . . . . . . .162
Fethard Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Fethard Senior Citizen’s Club . . . . . . . . . . 38
Fethard Tidy Towns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
First Steps Playgroup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Footprints & Recollections . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Greetings from Killusty N.S . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Houselessness or homelessness . . . . . . . 84
Into Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Irish Girl Guides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
Jim Murray — musician extraordinaire - 148
Jimmy does it again! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
John Joe’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
Juvenile GAA Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .132
Killusty Open Sheep Dog Trials . . . . . . . . 32
Killusty Pony Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Killusty Soccer Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Ladies Football Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Last wish to return made possible . . . . . 140
Lonergans’ Pub — the end of an era . . . 173
Marriages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Nano Nagle National School . . . . . . . . . 108
On a recent visit to Fethard . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Our dear departed 2005 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Parish greetings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Patrician Presentation School . . . . . . . . . . 44
Red Haired Angel! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Richard �Grawn’ Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
School Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Slieve na mBan Holy Year Cross 2005 . . 105
Society of St. Vincent de Paul . . . . . . . . . .149
Someone thinks of you tonight . . . . . . . .125
South Tipperary Irish Farmers Assoc . . .102
St. Patrick’s Boys’ National School . . . . . 111
St. Rita’s Camogie Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Still Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .143
Table of contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
The Augustinian Abbey . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
The Fall of Cramp’s Castle! . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
The Shannon Scheme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Tin Helmet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Uncle Pete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
War Service Medals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Wokachika rock’n’roll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Woodvale Walk Residents’ Assoc . . . . . . 151
Ypres Revisited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Bigger and hopefully better!
ast year our publication got a
little too heavy for its stamp and
as many of you may have noticed, we
exceeded our allowed weight, which
resulted in us getting a hefty bill for
excess postage from An Post. This
was the result of the new �zero-tolerance’ electronic weighing machines
used in the sorting office at
Portlaoise. This year we’re responding in a positive manner by making
this issue bigger and better. We hope
you like it.
The past year has seen a lot of
changes, and as my generation of
friends gracefully slide past the big
�five-o’, we’re very aware of the adults
of our youth slowly slipping away as
well. The Augustinian Abbey remembered many of our past friends during the month of November with a
display of photographs in the abbey
church. A lovely touch for the month
of the Holy Souls.
In these days of information technology, it is very encouraging to see
the large number of emigrants, and
their relatives, using the internet to
research their Fethard relatives. The
numbers visiting Fethard website
( average over 600
per day. One of the positive results of
gathering news for the website is that
we now also have a weekly page of
news published in the Nationalist
newspaper. With this constant
demand for making / finding news,
we’re spoilt for choice for material to
include in this publication. This year
by Joe Kenny (editor)
we’ve included a lot of current photographs mixed with a selection of old
ones from our files. A variety, we
hope, to suit all our readers, young
and old.
As usual, we depend on your annual donations to continue sending
copies, free of charge, to over 1,000
emigrants throughout the world.
With the increased cost of postage
and printing, we are now looking for
sponsors to cover postage costs for
each of the four postal areas as
defined by An Post: Ireland, Britain,
Europe and Rest of the World.
Please contact us for details if you
are interested.
I would like to thank Sarah Murphy
for typing, up to days before the birth
of her first baby, Kate, in September.
Congratulations Sarah and Vinny, I’m
sure you’re getting some sleep at this
stage! Thanks to Carmel Rice who
keeps track of correspondence and
donations every year; Brendan Kenny
for distribution; Gemma Burke for
proofreading, and Michael Hall, Kyle,
Drangan, for keeping me supplied
with archived newspaper articles
relating to Fethard, more of which will
be published in future issues.
I would also like to thank all who
submit articles and photographs;
those who subscribed to our church
gate collection, and a special thanks
to all those who make annual donations, from home and away, which
help make the publishing of this
newsletter possible. вќѓ
Parish greetings
nother year has gone by. In
looking back at 2005 — Pope
John Paul II — was there ever a death
so public, so powerfully inspiring?
Our new spiritual leader’s election —
Pope Benedict XVI — and the awesome liturgical ceremony by which
he began his pastoral ministry. These
unique occasions brought the
Gospel of Jesus to centre stage in a
way that invites a response from us.
Sadly too in 2005, Catholics
throughout Ireland have been
shocked and hurt by the child sexual
abuse scandals involving priests and
religious. We express our sorrow and
sadness that such incidents have
occurred and we apologise to all
who have suffered. We must also
look to the future and, in doing so,
we seek the guidance of the Spirit to
bring peace, justice, forgiveness and
love to all our lives.
We congratulate the Augustinians
on their 700 Year Celebrations; Fr.
Gerry on his election to Provincial;
Fr. Peter Haughey on his return as
Prior; and we wish Fr. Malachy every
success in Limerick.
To all the readers of the Newsletter,
at home and abroad, we wish you
every happiness and peace for this
Christmas and that the New Year will
fill you with a new hope and a joy
that will truly help you to experience
Christ in a special way for the year
We are truly grateful to the people
of Fethard and Killusty for their faith
and support over the past year. May
the Lord bless and protect you
always. вќѓ
Canon James Power and Fr. Tom Breen P.P.
Fr. Tom Breen P.P. and Rev. George Knowd photographed in Fethard
Church of Ireland News
estoration work is ongoing at
Holy Trinity Church, Fethard.
On Wednesday, 24th November 2004,
a funeral service was held for
Wyndam Matthew Hughes. To his
mother, girlfriend and many friends
we send our sincere sympathy.
Our annual Carol Service was held
at Christmas. It was very well attended and the collection went to Meals
on Wheels. A Flower Festival was
held from 22nd to 24th July. The
flower arrangements were beautiful
and the teas served delicious.
We are very grateful to the flower
clubs who gave their time and work
generously, also the ladies who gave
cakes and worked hard to make the
three days so succesful. On Sunday
the people who set up their stalls
showed us what an amazing amount
of talent there is in the area. Again
we thank everyone for supporting
the Flower Festival. вќѓ
Abbey Greetings
fter sixteen years of "exile"
from Fethard, it is good for me
to be back here again and to send
warm Christmas greeting from the
priests in the Abbey to all our exiles.
You probably heard from home
that 2005 has been a special year for
us in the Abbey. The Augustinians
first came to Fethard 700 years ago in
1305. I was impressed by the scale of
the celebrations held to mark this
event and by the enthusiasm with
which the people took part. I'm sure
you will be pleased to know you
were not forgotten at the special
Masses said at various times during
the past year.
Fathers John Meagher, Gerry
Horan and Timmy Walsh join me in
praying that the Holy Child will bless
all of you this Christmas with good
health, happiness and peace of
mind, and grant you success in all
Peter Haughey O.SA.
Abbey 700 Anniversary Celebrations!
ery special liturgical and social
events have taken place in
Fethard’s Abbey and Abymill to coincide with church and Augustinian
feasts over these past ten months.
Jubilee celebrations began last
Lent with a triduum, held from 10th
to 12th February. The chief celebrant
of the �Mass of Thanksgiving’ was Fr.
Des Foley, then Prior Provincial of
the Irish province. More than twenty
visiting friars and a large congregation of worshippers joined Fr. Foley.
On 11th February, being the feast of
Our Lady of Lourdes, Canon J. Power
was chief celebrant at a Mass and
Members of the Augustinian Abbey Jubilee 700 Celebration Committee. Back L
to R: Liam Cloonan, Percy O'Flynn, Vincent Cummins, Austin O'Flynn, Dick
Prendergast, Paddy Broderick, John Fitzgerald. 3rd Row L to R: Joan Anglim,
John Barrett, Chrissie Cummins, Marion O'Connor, Mary Healy, Kitty Delany.
2nd Row L to R: Fr. John Meagher OSA, Rena Kelly, Joan Halpin, Majella
Walsh, Nell Broderick, Berney Myles. Front Row L to R: Fr. Timmy Walsh OSA,
Agnes Evans, Gus Fitzgerald and Fr. Malachy Loghran OSA. Also on the committee are Fr Gerry Horan OSA, Ann Cooney, Liam Flynn and Ciara Flynn.
�Blessing of the Sick’. Fr. A.B.
Kennedy celebrated the Vigil Mass
on 12th February for the youth of
Fethard and their parents. Following
the mass, Fr. A.B. presented prizes to
primary and secondary student winners of the Abbey 700 Art
On April 15th a packed Augustinian
Abbey enjoyed Fr. Liam Lawton in
concert. Liam Lawton is Ireland’s
leading composer of contemporary
church music and also composes
music in the Celtic idiom. His special
guest on the night was soloist RoisГ­n
A five-day Festival of Prayer in honour of the �Mother of Good Counsel’
commenced on 22nd April, with Fr.
Gerry Horan leading a Reconciliation
Service. Joan Anglim organised and
arranged the flowers for the five-day
event and a commemorative booklet
was compiled by Ann Cooney. Kitty
Delany and Joan Halpin looked after
the lighting and the candles. People
were overjoyed and remarked that
they felt it was a spiritual and joyous
occasion. Adoration to the Mother of
Good Counsel is very much associated with the Augustinian Abbey and it
was wonderful to see the large number of people attending. Subsequent
themes covered were: �The Family’,
by Canon Jim Power; �The Conversion
of St. Augustine’, by Fr. Ben O’Brien
OSA; �God’s Love’, by Fr. Cooney OSA,
and �Mary, Mother of Good Counsel’,
by Fr. Tom Breen P.P. Resulting from
the success it was decided to make
this an annual event.
The Abbey’s Shrine of Our Lady of
Good Counsel was dedicated to Our
Lady under that title in the 1880s and
is said to be the first in Ireland. The
title originated in Genazzano, Italy.
All who attended were struck by how
beautifully the picture of Our Mother
of Good Counsel and the side altar
were decorated with floral arrangements and candlelight. Ann Kenrick
Walsh made a temporary return from
Prize winners in the national school art competition who were presented with
their prizes at the conclusion of the youth mass held on Saturday 12th
February. Back L to R: Alice Murphy, Lisronagh (3rd third and fourth class),
Ellen Murphy, Lisronagh (2nd fifth and sixth class), Laura Rice (1st under-14),
GrГЎinne Horan (2nd under-14), Joseph Morgan, Killusty (3rd fifth and sixth
class), Padraig O'Shea (highly commended fifth and sixth class), Shannon
Hickey, Killusty (highly commended third and fourth class). Front L to R: Evie
O'Sullivan (1st third and fourth class), Deirdre Dwyer (highly commended third
and fourth class), Louis Rice (1st fifth and sixth class), Brian Delahunty (highly
commended fifth and sixth class), Colin Grant (2nd third and fourth class) and
Michelle Walsh, Killusty (highly commended third and fourth class). Other
prize winners were, John Frewen (1st under-16), Sarah Conway (3rd under14), and Nicole Looby (highly commended third and fourth class).
Dublin to be guest organist for these
five prayer-filled days.
Fr. Michael Barry celebrated a
Youth Mass in the Abbey on 14th
May. It was wonderful to see such
large numbers present to hear the
uplifting words of Fr. Michael, and to
request divine help for forthcoming
Devotion to St. Rita of Cascia commenced on 19th May. Fr. Michael
Collender was the guest preacher at
each ceremony. St. Rita’s intercession is invoked especially for those
who are sick, for those preparing for
examinations and for those experiencing difficulty in their lives. The
statue of St. Rita was given pride of
place, constantly illuminated by candles and surrounded by a magnificent array of red roses. On the Feast
of St. Rita, 22nd May, we had the
blessing and distribution of rose
petals, shipped specially, for the
occasion, from the garden of Cascia.
The Chapter of the Irish Province
of the Augustinian Order was held in
Limerick in late June 2005. It became
a chapter of great significance to
Fethard following their decision,
made in spring 2004, to visit our
medieval town to celebrate mass in
our historic Abbey on June 29th 2005
to coincide with the 700 Years
In order to show our appreciation
to the Augustinians, it was decided to
host a dinner on their behalf. This
was the ideal opportunity to give
something back to the Augustinians
who willingly give so much to the
people of Fethard. Joan Anglim
accepted the responsibility of the
organisation of this event and sought
�Mother of Good Council’ organising committee. L to R: Kitty Delany, Ann
Cooney, Fr. Gerry Horan OSA, Joan Anglim and Joan Halpin.
Fethard organists L to R: Ann (Kenrick) Walsh, a former organist in the
Augustinian Abbey before moving to live in Dublin; Kathleen Kenny, current
organist in the Augustinian Abbey; and Goldie Newport, current organist at
Holy Trinity Parish Church, Fethard.
sponsorship for the marquee and
other ad hoc expenses. People were
very generous in sponsoring this
wondrous and joyous occasion. Who
needs a hotel when caterers, co-ordinated by Joan Anglim and aided by
her “team” are ready, willing and
able to perform to such a high standard.
By spring 2005 there was further
reason to celebrate, because Fr.
Gerry Horan, Prior of the Fethard
community, had been elected as
Prior Provincial of the Irish Province.
The people of Fethard filled the
Abbey to accord Fr. Gerry a special
“Comhgáirdeachas” and to extend
“Ceád Míle Fáilte” to his fellow
Ann Cooney prepared a special
booklet to mark the occasion, which
was attended by over ninety
Augustinians, sisters from the
Presentation Convent and local clergy from the surrounding area. It was
a wonderful evening. All present
were so appreciative of the dinner
and most complimentary for the hospitality bestowed on them during
their visit to Fethard.
Spring has rolled into summer and
it's time for a golf classic with a purpose. The Augustinians have a mission in Ecuador, where their hospital
and clinic provide essential medical
care. Over one hundred local children are given a meal each day,
Monday to Friday, to prevent malnu11
Organising committee photographed at the display for the novena to St. Rita of
Cascia. L to R: Margaret Prendergast, Nellie Ryan, Fr. Malachy Loghran OSA,
Dick Prendergast, Ciere Flynn and Marion O'Connor.
trition. The Abbey 700 Committee
adopted this project helping to
finance its continuation.
Slievenamon Golf Club was a hive
of activity and fun on 22nd July. Fiftytwo teams participated in a three-ball
scramble. The raffle for three beautiful hampers raised €4,500, while the
proceeds of the golf brought our total
close to €10,000. Your support was so
wonderful you’ve also enabled us to
sponsor a doctor at the mission’s
hospital for a year. MГ­le bhuГ­chas to
everyone who helped to make that
day so successful.
CГіr Cois Abhann performed a concert in the Abymill on 20th August.
The Cork-based choir were accompanied by SinГ©ad Ni MhurchГє, soprano,
and classical guitarist, Antanas
Keturakis, under director Ian Sexton.
Their repertoire extended from classical to modern, entertaining a
capacity audience of visitors and
locals. On Sunday, at 11.30am Mass,
CГіr Cois Abhann enriched our souls
with their rendition of contemporary
and Latin hymns.
The Feast of St. Augustine obligingly fell on a Sunday (28th August) this
year and diverted the children’s
minds away from their impeding
return to school, after a lovely sunny
summer, towards a Fancy Dress
Parade. The �retired’ Fancy Dress participants of the �70s and �80s prepared their children and their banners admirably. Banna Cluain Meala
led the children from the ballroom to
the Abbey grounds, where the band
gave a recital while majorettes performed highly synchronised move-
ments involving colourful flags.
While the valley was alive with the
sound of music the committee made
refreshments available for the children who awaited the prize-giving.
We were treated to a recital by
�Amadeus’, a trio of exceptional
female musicians, who entertained
the crowd with a variety of classical
and traditional music and song.
As November is traditionally a time
to remember our deceased family
and friends a triduum was arranged
for 1st, 2nd and 3rd November. On
All Saints evening all our Irish saints,
Augustinian saint and saints of the
church were celebrated. The homily
focused on St. Nicholas of Tolentine,
to whom there is great devotion in
Prior to the feast of All Souls “The
Tree of Light and Life” was placed in
the sanctuary. The congregation
were asked to write the names of
their deceased loved ones on a
miniature scroll and hang it on the
deciduous tree. A montage of photographs of the deceased people of
Fethard & Killusty and surrounding
areas was assembled. Many, as invited to, brought memory cards of their
loved ones to add to the montage.
Both the tree and the montage
remained on display in the Abbey
Church throughout November.
On All Souls evening as the
November Dead List was read aloud
a relative brought forward a lighted
candle. A representative of the
Presentation Sisters and another representative of the Patrician Brothers
read the lists of their predecessors
who taught or worked in Fethard in
the past. Our Augustinian community
remembered their departed Brother
Friars who served the Fethard faithful
during their ministry.
The Resurrection was the theme of
the mass to conclude the triduum.
The congregation renewed their baptismal promises, the Pascal candle
was central while water was blessed.
The Abbey choir was joined by guest
soloist Denise Broderick of Limerick
for our November triduum.
Forthcoming events in 2006
As part of the Church Unity Octave,
many choirs will gather at Trinity
Church of Ireland to honour the Lord
in song on 20th January.
Fr. Joe Walsh will celebrate a
Youth Mass on 25th February. On 5th
March, the first Sunday of Lent will
be dedicated to commemorating the
life of Blessed William Tirry OSA,
who was martyred in Clonmel in
1654 and beatified by Pope John Paul
II in 1992.
Our committee is planning to have
an exhibition in conjunction with the
closing ceremony and would appreciate any help available. Perhaps
you’ve old photographs relating to
the Abbey or its friars? If so, please
forward a copy to: The Jubilee
Committee, Augustinian Priory,
Abbey St., Fethard, or e-mail to
[email protected]
Have you attended any of the
above-mentioned Augustinian cere13
based in Fethard, not Dublin. We
monies in Ireland or abroad — and feel
have decentralisation!
“inspired” to write about that experiWe welcome back
ence? Please do conin our midst Fr. Peter
tact us. Do you write
Haughey as Prior.
poetry or prose? Are
Many thanks to Fr.
you hoarding old
newspaper articles
sent to your ancestors
greatly to St. Rita’s
by “the people back
week-end of prayer
home”? Our Jubilee
and also to the �Holy
Souls’ triduum. We
love to hear from you
wish him well in the
and welcome internaAu g u st i n i a n
tional submission for
our exhibition in
Limerick. Both Fr.
John Meagher and Fr.
In conclusion, the
Timmy Walsh surAbbey 700 Jubilee
vived the changes
committee wish Fr.
Gerry God’s blessing Fr. Peter Haughey OSA Prior and will remain in
Fethard, thus granting spiritual susteon his four-year term as Prior
Provincial. Fr. Gerry has opted to be
nance and continuity. вќѓ
L to R: Fr. John Meagher OSA; General of the Augustinian Order, Fr Robert
Prevost; and the new Provincial, Fr. Gerry Horan OSA, Fethard.
Photographed watching the Augustinian Abbey 700 Fancy Dress Parade are
L to R: Teresa Cummins, Noreen Maher and Margaret Coffey.
Fethard Legion of Mary
embers of Fethard Legion of
Mary extend greetings to all
readers. We wish all of you a peaceful, happy Christmas and New Year.
We welcome all newcomers to the
area and we appeal to all of you to
extend support to the Legion of Mary.
We need your prayers and we need
members. Why not seriously consider the prayers and the support of your
presence at our weekly meetings?
We do not make visitations, as we
do not have the people to go out.
Our main work is the selling of
Catholic papers. These are available
at the doors of our Churches. We
had to terminate door delivery, as it
was no longer feasible to go from
door to door each week of the year.
Now, however, we notice we have to
decrease our orders of The Irish
Catholic and The Universe. We need
people to purchase a Catholic paper
and we need people to pick up a free
copy of �Alive’ each month. Many of
you are aware you can now view
EWTN each day, twenty-four hours a
day. In Ireland it is available on Sky,
channel 680. If you do not have Sky
your can get the Hotbird box. We
can direct you in the purchasing of
this. We need to increase our knowledge and strengthen our faith. Now,
we have the means. Let us use it.
Our younger people need us to be
strong and to be informed. We need
to counteract their convenient pleas
of boredom and their ignorance of
the moral teachings and the responsibilities of the Catholic Church.
Each one of us must be out their
helping others to be true to the Faith.
How many are aware that there is
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
each First Friday in the Abbey? We
are privileged in Fethard to have a
Legion of Mary Group in the 1970s. Back L to R: Catherine Sayers, Tommy
Carey, Christy Williams, Gus Fitzgerald, Kathleen Keane, Paddy Kenrick, Percy
O'Flynn, Noelle Maher. Front L to R: Kathleen Kenny, Margaret Cummins,
Margaret McCarthy and Mary Gunne
choice of Masses not only on Sunday
but also on each day of the week.
We appreciate the fact that we have
priests who are there for us when we
need them. They are there for the
Mass, for all the Sacraments; they are
also very attentive in visiting the sick
and in helping where they can do so.
The month of the Holy Souls is a
time when we remember all our
deceased. We extend sympathy to all
who mourn the loss of loved ones.
We pray for all at each Mass and in
November when we visit all our
cemeteries to pray The Rosary. The
Year of The Holy Eucharist has
drawn to a close. What did each of us
do to recognise this great year?
May God bless all our families in
our parish and those now living in so
many countries throughout the
world. вќѓ
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A Railway Tale
rowing up in Kerry Street in
the 40s and 50s the railway
line was our play ground. Here we
built tents, played cowboys and
Indians, made slides with cardboard
boxes and generally fooled around.
On Sunday evenings after the matinee in the Capital Cinema, we reenacted the deeds of Johnny
McBrown, Roy Rogers and Tarzan.
The railway was also our shortcut to
the Red Bridge for a swim or to
Crean's fields picking mushrooms or
to the wood picking hazelnuts. Does
anyone pick mushrooms or hazelnuts now I wonder?
We never thought much of the history of the railway or who built it or
even how long it was there. It was a
safe place to play and close to our
by Lory Dineen
In 1865 the Southern Railway
Company proposed constructing a
line from Thurles to Clonmel to
Youghal, eastwards to Dungarvan
and westwards to Fermoy via
Lismore. This line was to be 92 miles
long and at the time was the longest
projected railway of the period. The
scheme was rejected by parliament,
however, a shortened version,
Thurles to Clonmel was approved.
Work commenced on constructing
the line in 1866. Due to lack of money
and difficulties in construction, it was
a "stop - go"' railway. The land
between Laffansbridge and Horse
and Jockey was very boggy and
needed much drainage and in places
heavy rock cuttings had to be made.
On 3rd January 1877 the first passenger train arrived in Fethard from
Fethard Railway Station in the 1960s
Clonmel. The journey took 20 mintionally busy due to the beet trains
utes and the train returned to
operating from South Wexford to
Clonmel on 6th January.
Thurles. Up to ten trains a day operatThe people of Fethard returned to
ed and with special anthracite trains
their normal way of living and the
from the Ballingarry Collieries to
sound of a train did not disturb their
New Ross and Waterford, the future
peace until the 23rd June 1879 when
of the line was very rosy. However, in
three trains a day operated between
the 50's things began to change. The
Waterford Newspaper Ad 1894
Fethard. From the
replaced by the catWaterford & Limerick Railway
end of July, goods
tle mart. Cattle were
trains operated to excursion to Fethard Steeplechase transported by road
Laffansbridge and and 10th Hussars Regiment Races and demand for
by the end of the on Wednesday & Thursday 4th & anthracite declined.
year there was a
With more motor5th April 1894.
full passenger and
cars on the roads the
Train departs Waterford at
service 10.30am and arrives in Fethard at numbers travelling
from 12.50pm. Fares: 1st class 7/7; 2nd began to drop.
class 5/7; 3rd class 3/1. Children
Thurles. So what
reduced to such an
under 12 half fare. Return train
had been proextent that it was not
Fethard will leave at 6.20pm. feasible to run a
posed in 1865
came to fruition in
1879. The line was 23 miles long and
Farranaleen, Laffansbridge, Horse
and Jockey and Thurles
For years the railway paid its way.
During the summer, special trains
operated to all the major GAA fixtures and to Tramore. On Carnival
Sunday a special train operated from
Waterford and often this train had to
return to Clonmel to pick up more
passengers such was the demand.
Special trains operated from
Waterford to the Kilnockin Races.
On fair days up to four special
trains conveyed cattle to Waterford
and Dublin for export. During the
winter months the line was excep18
train. A bus was fitted to run on the rails and even this
could not save the line.
On 26th March 1967 the Clonmel to
Thurles branch line closed, as did
many such branch lines in the 60s. It
was in existence for just over 90 years
and in its time provided an excellent
service for the people of South
I remember the railway fondly. I
especially remember the fair days,
the GAA trains, the Fethard Carnival
trains and loading beet at the station.
I used call to the station very often to
collect the films for the cinema and
bring them back the following day.
Pushing that cart up to the station
was no easy task. You did, however,
get in to see the pictures for nothing
so that was reward enough!
My greatest memories were the
occasions when we were hired as
youngsters of about nine or ten to
drive the pigs from McCarthy’s yard
to the station. Paddy Purtill from
Mockler’s Hill bought pigs once a
month locally and these were put in
a pen in the yard. After school we
would rush down to the yard to be
�hired’. Paddy would take on about
ten of us depending on the number
of pigs he had bought. The train used
to leave the station at 6.30pm so we
had to be back in the yard at 5pm.
Usually there would be up to 60 or 70
pigs. No sticks were allowed and the
pigs had to be driven with hands and
legs. What a job to control those
pigs! Out under the archway and on
to the Main Street and then the fun
started. We formed a line across the
street to make sure they went out
over the bridge but inevitably one
would break loose and run up the
street and so it went on all the way to
the station — pigs going down the
Valley, into the cinema, up Kerry
Street, down to the river. All the time
Paddy would be looking at his pocket watch worrying about his deadline. We were always in time for the
train and our reward an English trupenny bit! The labourers were worthy of their hire! вќѓ
Into Africa
t was an article in the Fethard
annual newsletter of 2003, I think,
that stirred my thoughts about a trip
to Africa. Bro Paul Brennan, a past
teacher of mine from the Patrician
School on the Rocklow Road,
penned an article of his work and
experience since moving to Kenya
almost 30 years ago. Towards the end
of the piece he reminisced about
some of the students he had taught
in Fethard and mentioned a few
names, among them mine.
I wondered how he remembered
me, as it was over 40 years since we
last met. Certainly not from any great
academic achievements or sporting
by Mick Ryan (Killusty & Monasterevin)
prowess! It must have been my red
hair. The thought of visiting Africa
was further fuelled by a chance meeting with Davie Fitzgerald at the 2004
Fleadh Cheoil in Clonmel. “You’ll
never guess who is home,” he said.
“Paulinus.” (He will always be
Paulinus to us). “You should give him
a ring,” Davie suggested, “he is staying in Newbridge”. I rang him the
next day, we had a brief chat and
exchanged contact details as he was
heading to the airport to return to
Several emails and 12 months later,
Margaret and I were on a plane to
Nairobi, accompanied by our peren-
Bro Paul, on the right track, with visitors Mick and Margaret Ryan
nial holiday companions, Richard
and Catherine O’Rourke. As the
plane made its decent, little thoughts
started to invade my mind. Would
this adventure be a success? Would I
know Paul at the airport? Would he
still be the same man who had made
such an impact on my school days
and on the parish in the early 60s.
I needn’t have worried. There he
stood larger than life, older admittedly, just like us all. White haired
instead of black, but still the same
Paul, with the exact same mannerism, smile and sense of humour. The
memories came flooding back. The
meeting was a very special moment.
Paul was accompanied by his fellow
Patrician Brothers, David and
After a brief sojourn around
Nairobi, where we planned to return,
we headed for Mombasa on the
Indian Ocean. Five people in a
Suzuki Jeep, which miraculously
managed to stay in one piece for the
three-week duration. The 500km journey takes about 12 hours. The road
was in very poor condition and littered with potholes but the trip was
full of excitement for us. Hordes of
people walking, walking everywhere.
The Kenyan people walk miles to
work for a daily wage of maybe €2, if
they are lucky. School children head
to school very early in the morning
with happy smiling faces even
though they survive on one bowl of
maize per day.
After the madness of the Nairobi
traffic it was nice to get out into the
more peaceful surroundings of the
Kenyan countryside. Here people
take life at a different pace — herdsmen tend their cattle, goats and
sheep, women carry huge pitchers of
water balanced on their heads with
the art of a circus performer. Shanty
towns where every day is market day
and every resident is a trader.
Incessant charcoal burning has led
to a major deforestation problem.
The thought struck me that more
damage could be done to the environment here in one day than we in
Ireland could do in 10 years. The old
trucks coming out of the ports of
Mombasa and tackling the long
steady climb to ten or twelve thousand feet, belch out huge palls of
black fumes. However, to balance
that they certainly make better use of
the bicycle than we do. Some of the
loads which they manage to get onto
a bicycle are truly amazing.
Mombasa, a bustling town, was a
perfect place to kick off our adventure. We swam in the Indian Ocean,
sampled the local food and wine and
took in all the tourist spots. Paul was
in his element. Using what Swahili he
knew to best effect, the locals were
amused when he could identify what
tribes they were from. He took great
pride in telling them that he was a
teacher from St. Patrick’s School in
Iten, and judging by their reaction, it
slowly dawned on me that this must
be one of the best known schools in
Kenya, given that we were now some
800kms from Iten.
Back to Nairobi on Friday, with the
journey no less arduous, but the
hardship was lessened by a BBQ and
social evening hosted by the Holy
Ghost Fathers in St. Mary’s. Fr. John
Mahon, who has worked in Kenya for
40 years, told us of his project work
in Kibera, now the largest “slum” in
the world with over 700,000 people
living there. We asked if he could
take us into Kibera the following
morning and he agreed.
The journey through the township
will live in my memory forever.
Narrow dirt streets with mud shanty
dwellings, thousands of people existing on morsels, children playing on
open sewers with distant looks in
their eyes, with Aids and malaria a
daily companion. I thought, can this
be 2005 we are living in! For Christ’s
sake, man has landed on the moon,
Europe has food mountains and
these people are living on our
doorstep in conditions far worse
than our animals have to endure at
But there is hope – John Mahon,
along with many others, is doing
tremendous work education people
to help themselves. The task is monumental with abysmal support from
the so-called developed world. But
everyday is a day better.
Less than two miles away, we saw
the other side of life in Kenya, the
world of Karen Blixen and �Out of
Africa’, where trophies of elephant,
lion and rhino adorn the great halls
and khaki-clad would-be game
hunters come to get a taste of a way
of life that is now, thankfully, from
another age.
On Sunday we headed for the high
country, Eldoret, in western Kenya,
where Paul has lived and worked for
some 30 years. A long but pleasant
journey with much better infrastructure. The further up the Rift Valley we
went, and the higher we drove, the
more fertile it became. Magnificent
lush valleys and beautiful scenery
rolled out in front of us with forestry
now becoming the dominant vegetation. We crossed the Equator on
route where at noon you can stand
on your own shadow.
Eldoret was like home from home.
Paul knows everyone and is as popular around town as he was in Fethard.
We spent lovely evenings with the
Patrician Community in Kabsoya
(Paul’s Home) and attended many
social events at the Golf Club, where
it seems to me, he runs the show.
Although Paul has retired from
teaching for five years now, he is typical of the man, busier than ever. He
has just opened a new primary
school and dispensary in Kabongo a
place that would make Boolagh
North look like the centre of the universe. He is now working hard on
building a secondary school so that
the children will have a place to
advance their studies. I had forgotten
how driven he is. How else could a
young man from Nobber, who knew
nothing about hurling, come to
Fethard where we knew even less,
and inspire us to a Munster Colleges
title in 1963. He hasn’t changed.
He took us to see his project in
Margaret Ryan photographed with some local children
42 years ago, and asked which of us
Kabongo, which for me, turned into
looked the oldest. One little girl said,
the highlight of the trip. Margaret
I did. I know he had her primed
loved the place, she had lots of
before we got there. Our trip to
books, copies and pencils which she
Kabonga was complete when John
gave to the teachers to give to the
the caretaker invited us to his home
children, who may not have been
to meet his wife and three lovely chilable to afford even a pencil. The joy
dren. We were honoured to be guests
on their smiling faces after getting
in his house.
such a small gift was wonderful to
On our way to Lake Begoria we visbehold.
ited St. Patrick’s in Iten, the school
Richard and Catherine, pharmacists from Monasterevin, were very
Paul’s life work has gone into.
Leading the way in academic and
interested in the dispensary and had
sporting achievements for years, it is,
long chats with Sylvia, the local
without doubt, one of the bestnurse, as she held her daily clinic.
known schools in Kenya.
They presented very useful equipWe have sat and watched the
ment to the clinic that was very much
Kenyans massing towards the front,
with two or three laps to go in an
Paul introduced me to the school
Olympic or World Championship
children as a former pupil of his over
final. You can be sure that many of
them have come through this school.
Paul and Bro Colm O’Connell from
Doneraile, have coached the cream
of world distance runners. Members
of the Kalenjin tribe such as Wilson
Kipketer, Mike Boit, Wilson Boit, the
Cheruyet twins and many more too
numerous to mention have graced
the athletic tracks of the world for
decades. Add that to the several
national basketball titles and you get
some idea of the progress of a small
school built forty years ago in the
middle of nowhere. We spent a lovely evening with Paul, Colm and
friends at the Keiyo View where we
sat round the fire and had songs and
stories from way back when.
Before taking our leave of Kenya
we did a three-day safari in the Masai
Mara National Reserve. It was interesting if only to see how domesticated wild animals can become if they
are born and live with safari jeeps
and minibuses looking at them all
the time. One wonders what the
noble Masai People make of advancing civilisation which takes their grazing land in order to preserve wild life.
And so it was finally time to take our
leave of Kenya — the beautiful and
complex country whose people are
its strength.
Bro Paul is visiting Ireland in 2006.
I hope that the Kinane Cup winning
team can get together for a night to
relive old memories — he would love
that! Our team photograph still hangs
proudly in his office. Thanks Paul for
a memorable holiday, we will be
back. вќѓ
Bro Paul introducing one of his gardening friends to Margaret Ryan and her
friends, Richard and Margaret O’Rourke from Monasterevin.
Fethard & District Credit Union
riday opening has proven very
popular, with of course the
usual Saturday night opening hours.
This year our computer system is
being upgraded which will increase
speed and efficiency. Marian Gilpin,
our chairperson, attended the AGM
in Killarney in April.
At our annual general meeting in
December, two new directors were
elected to the board. Johnathon
Gilpin was elected public relations
officer for Chapter 10. The train tickets from Thurles to Dublin have now
gone up to €15 which is still good
value. Our dividend was a healthy
2%. Our next A.G.M will be held in
early December 2005 and we are
First Steps Playgroup
t was another busy year for First
Steps Playschool and great to
welcome back old faces along with
the new boys and girls who had not
been before.
Our thanks to the Dental
Playschool again and involving us in
their dental survey. The children
were all presented with toothbrushes
and given a small demonstration on
how to clean their teeth.
Our Xmas party was a great success and thanks to Santa for coming
to our party and giving the children
their presents.
Our annual summer outing to
Planet Playground was a huge suc-
hoping for a representative attendance.
Officers for 2004-2005 are: Marian
Gilpin (Chairperson); Kate Healy
(Secretary). Credit Committee: Sean
O’Callaghan, Mary Morrissey, Jacinta
O’Connell. Insurance & Investment:
Johnathon Gilpin. Supervisory
Committee: John Barrett, Philomena
Morrissey, Eleanor Roche. Credit
Control: Elizabeth McLaughlin,
Johnathon Gilpin. P.R: Marian Gilpin.
The opening hours of Fethard &
District Credit Union are: Friday from
10am to 12 (noon), and on Saturday
from 7pm to 8.30pm. вќѓ
by Patricia Fitzgerald
cess and many thanks to the parents
who gave so freely of their time to
drive the children. Without their valuable help and involvement these outings would not be possible.
A really big thank you must also go
to Joan O’Donohoe and the staff in
the Tirry Centre and also the
Community Council for their assistance and generosity throughout the
If you have any queries, please feel
free to call in to the Tirry Centre, or
you can contact me on Tel: (086)
1580897 or (052) 32164.
Wishing all readers and emigrants
a very Merry Xmas and Peaceful New
Year. вќѓ
The Shannon Scheme
e were fortunate when growing up in Redcity in the 50s,
to have as our nearest neighbours,
the Daltons. The family comprised of
three girls and five boys, and only
one, Paddy, the youngest, took the
popular emigration trail from an
Ireland which at that time had little to
offer in the way of employment.
The Dalton clan were prudent and
hardworking, and none, except
Paddy in New York, ever married.
Two of the seven who remained at
home had permanent positions. The
two remaining girls ran the house,
whilst the three remaining boys
worked locally, when required, with
farmers, and also took “conacre” on
which they grew sugar beet for nearby Thurles Sugar factory. Snaring and
lamping of rabbits supplemented
their income. The family thrived on
the principles of honesty and integrity, and whilst they had only been
exposed to basic Primary schooling,
they were great admirers of education and never lost an opportunity of
instilling that principle into us as we
grew up. They were indeed brilliant
role models for us as young kids.
Mikey was the oldest of the clan,
and in the winter nights, he would
come to our house “ar cuartaíocht”.
Rural Electricification had not yet
reached us, so there was no distraction from TV. Studying was accomplished by oil lamp, and this would
be rushed to a conclusion when we
would hear Mikey arrive in the
by Tom Burke
kitchen, and take his place near the
open fire. From this position, he
would entertain us for hours with stories and tales of the “olden times”.
In the mid 50s , the Rural
Electrification scheme reached us
and Mikey’s stock rose even higher.
Why? Because he had first-hand
knowledge of the source of this new
phenomenon, namely the Shannon
Scheme at Ardnacrusha. With the
country in the grip of a severe economic depression, Mikey had left
Fethard in September 1925, travelled
by train to Thurles, connected with
the Dublin-Cork main line, and
changed at Limerick Junction for the
short shuttle service into Limerick. It
was but a short walk to the Strand
Barracks near the docks, where the
Siemens – Schuckert recruiting office
for the Shannon Scheme was situated. There he signed on as a labourer
for the next three years in a workforce that averaged 2,500, but
reached a maximum of 4,300 at one
With the average agricultural wage
set at 26 shillings for a 50/60 hour
week, Siemens were offering
unskilled workers a weekly rate of 32
shillings for 50 hours, which included a guarantee of three years’ work,
free accommodation, and subsidised
canteen meals. A short strike at the
beginning of the project over wage
rates led to Limerick city workers
being paid 50 shillings per week. The
latter did not qualify for free accom-
On the left is Parteen intake building which allowed water into Ardnacrusha Station.
On the right is Parteen Weir which allowed water down the Shannon river
modation of course.
The general feeling was that
Siemens would have been willing to
pay more, but were forbidden to do
so by the Government, lest it have a
destabilising effect in other areas.
Early in 1926, the union agitation fizzled out and no further labour problems arose for the duration of the
scheme. As Mikey put it, “The strike
was by men who themselves had no
complaint to make on behalf of men
who made no complaint.”
Life in the camp at Ardnacrusha,
like that on any building site, was at
times primitive and tough. There was
a great variety of people working
there, perhaps the most colourful
being the group from the West of
Ireland, who spoke only Connemara
Irish. Many of these had walked from
home to get their jobs, as they did
not have the bus fare. All the workers
were men of incredible endurance,
who thought nothing of working 70
hours per week. Keeping clean was a
problem; some would wade fully
clothed into the Shannon, even in
the depths of winter, and wash the
dirt and grime from their clothes.
Others would gather around the temporary power station on a Sunday,
where hot water was pumped out
from the generator cooling system,
and wash their clothes in that.
The meals served in the canteen
consisted of half a pint of tea, ten
ounces of bread and two ounces of
butter for breakfast. Same was served
for tea with addition of jam. Lunch
consisted of half a pound of lean
meat, vegetables, and a pound and a
half of potatoes, with two ounces of
bread. Because of the heavy work,
the men felt the need to supplement
these rations, and several fish and
chip shops sprang up around the
Little did I know as I entered my
teens, and hung on every word of my
neighbour’s stories, that I would live
most of my adult life a mere stone’s
throw from the same Ardnacrusha.
Mikey’s accounts of the Shannon
Scheme, whilst they dealt primarily
with the human side, contained an
extraordinary amount of technical
data that withstood my investigation
in later years:
The large electric crane (25 ton)
which Siemens erected at Limerick
period from 1922 to 1923. Whilst in
docks to facilitate unloading of the
Germany, he pursued with Siemens
materials arriving from Germany,
the concept of harnessing the
with the power being supplied from
Shannon and obtained the support
the local Limerick City Electric Co.
of McGilligan on his return.
Any materials weighThe
ing over 50 tons had
to be unloaded in
Siemens and the Irish
Dublin. To move
government on 13th
August 1925, was for
Ardnacrusha, a rail5.2 million Irish
way was constructed
Pounds, with complefrom Longpavement
tion set for three and
(a short distance
a half years. It is diffifrom the docks) to
cult for us now, 80
the site, the remains
years on, to envisage
of which are still visiwhat a gigantic engible today.
neering feat was
The construction
involved in building
of a temporary diesel
this hydro electric
power station on site
scheme. A portion of
for local supply.
the river would be
Siemens also erectdiverted into a canal
ed a repair shop, a
over 7 miles long and
stone crushing and
37 feet deep. The fall
washing plant, a saw
of the river, about
mill, stores, and In the background, derricks for 100ft, would be used
laboratory, drop-hammers, used for boring to turn the generators
holes to receive the blasting
plus a plant for makat Ardnacrusha, with
charges. In the foreground, working oxygen which
the diverted water
ers used compressed air hammers
was used for weld- to break up rock already blasted. returned
Shannon at Parteen.
The Shannon Scheme was the
Newspapers of the time, with a cerbrainchild
tain amount of journalistic hyperMcLaughlin, a lecturer in physics at
bole, described it as the eighth wonUCG, supported by the Minister for
der of the world. There was no doubt
Industry and Commerce, Patrick
that the difficulties would have dauntMcGilligan. McLaughlin obtained a
ed a less adventurous firm than
degree in electrical engineering in
Siemens. Yet the Germans got most
his spare time, and had gone to
things right, and the complex probGermany to work for Siemens for a
lems were solved efficiently and
expertly. Unfortunately, they suffered
a financial loss on the project,
rumoured at one million Irish
Pounds. However, they recouped
their losses by using the techniques
in other parts of the world to good
What surprised us most of all
about the information Mikey trotted
out was that it requires 15 tons of
water at a head of 95 feet to keep a
1Kw electric fire heated for one hour.
But if he stuck closely to the facts
in recounting the technical data, I
can see now that Mikey took great
liberties in the stories of the people
involved. At that time, of course, we
took everything as fact and marvelled at the following accounts.
Mikey’s admiration for the expertise of the German engineers was
unbounded, as the following story
will emphasise. A new German engineer arrived in Mikey’s division one
Monday morning and addressed the
workforce. He spoke in his native
tongue, and the assembled workers
shook their heads to indicate their
lack of understanding. A colleague,
who spoke both languages, communicated this to the engineer.
According to Mikey, the engineer
drove immediately to Dublin, where
he enrolled in Trinity College in an
English language training course.
“He was back the following Monday
morning,” said Mikey, “and he could
speak better English than ourselves,
except with a slight Dublin accent.”
Hurling and Gaelic football games
were played at Ardnacrusha, sometimes with more enthusiasm than
skill. The referee’s report after one
game, according to Mikey, where the
going had got somewhat rough, stated that five different languages were
used on the pitch: Connemara Irish,
Munster Irish, English, and German.
When asked what the fifth language
was, he replied rather tersely,“Bad”.
The story I like best is one remembered by my brother, Denis. Mikey
recounted that he was alone digging
a trench one day, when a German
engineer approached him.
“One of you vust come out of ze
trench, Michael,” said the German.
“But sure there is only one of us in
the trench,” said Mikey, slightly perplexed. “It is zeither you or ze dirt,
Michael,” replied the engineer.
Relations between the Irish and
German workers were
very good. The Germans
were always more than
willing to share their skills
with the Irish, as Mikey
put it, “If a German knew
it, then we all knew it.”
Some of the Germans
brought their families
with them and some forty
children were attending a special
German school near Ardnacrusha.
In July of 1929, on a wet and windy
day, President W.T. Cosgrave formally
opened the intake gates at Parteen
Weir, allowing the waters of the
Shannon into the headrace for the
first time. The canal was not actually
flooded by the President, as this
process extended over several weeks
to enable the engineers to test the
embankments. Both the Irish and
German flags were flown at the Weir,
and as the President operated the
switch which opened the intake
gates, sirens rang out and the No 2
Army Band played the national
anthem. Later, a group of German
workers sang the German national
anthem. On 21st Sept 1929, electric
current was first delivered into the
National System, known at that time
as the Leinster Loop, and Siemens
made final handover of the project
on 24th October 1929.
On January 25th, 1930, due to
repairs and refurbishments at other
plants, Ardnacrusha took its place as
sole generating source for the
National Network. The dream of
power from the Shannon had
become a reality. The contribution of
people of the calibre of Mikey Dalton
from Fethard will never be forgotten.
Was Mikey present for the final
events listed above? No. He had
returned to Fethard some months
earlier, despite (according to himself) repeated offers of extension to
his contract, and considerable
increase in remuneration. Indeed,
with a twinkle in his eye, he went on
to say that the Germans were more
than anxious for him to take over as
the first general manager of the
famous Hydro Electric Plant, an offer
which he believed was fully
endorsed by the Irish Government.
His protests at lack of the required
education and expertise were
answered by, “Michael, we will zend
you to Trinity for ze one week, ze
one week will be enough”. After
much soul-searching he was forced
to decline due to his continuing commitments, “to help the brothers out at
home”. ❃
Oh, were I a Homer,
that ancient roamer,
I’d write a poem on a noble theme.
To sing the story and praise the glory
Of that wondrous project,
the Shannon Scheme.
�Twill light our houses,
�twill stitch our blouses,
�twill milk our cows
and �twill churn the cream.
�Twill plough and sow sir,
�twill reap and mow sir,
�twill raise our dough sir,
the Shannon Scheme.”
Then fill your glasses,
my lads and lasses,
All creeds and classes
of the Irish name.
And toast the Statesmen
Those wise and great men,
Who boldly tackled
the Shannon Scheme.
— (Syl Boland 1927)
The Fall of Cramp’s Castle!
(The following article was supplied by Michael Hall, Kyle, Drangan. The article
was printed in the Fethard Notes section of The Nationalist on 26th Aug 1893)
ust some eight hundred yards,
on an eminence, to the east of
Fethard, is all that now remains of
this once imposing edifice. In
Saturday's Nationalist was printed a
sketch of the siege of Fethard by
Cromwell, and its capitulation and
article of surrender by Sir Pierce
Butler, the governor. Tradition, if not
history, has it that Cramp’s fortified
castle, being outside the boundary
wall of Fethard, and not included in
the treaty of surrender, Cromwell
considered it a menace to the small
garrison he left after him, and that on
departing he tried six pieces of cannot on it, leaving some gaps and sev-
eral rents on the structure.
In this state it remained until the
15th inst, when the west wing fell
with a thunderous thud, making the
stone resound in the streets of
Fethard. What wondrous mortar was
used in the building of those old castles! The stones will smash before the
mortar gives way. Pieces upwards of
30 tons were hurled a distance. It
may be of interest to mention that
Cramp’s Castle belongs to Mr
Edmond Leamy, ex MP, editor of
United Ireland, but it is understood
that there has been some tension
between the owners and the tenants
for some time. вќѓ
Killusty Open Sheep Dog Trials
his year’s competition for the
Paddy Morrissey Perpetual Cup
was held in Killusty on Sunday 9th
October. There was a large attendance and competitors came from all
over the country to compete. It was a
large, testing course and the windy
weather made it difficult for some of
the dogs to hear. However, the rain
stayed away and all enjoyed a good
competition. Denis Birchill (former
National Champion) came back to
defend his claim on the cup after
winning it last year and much to his
delight he succeeded.
The results on the day were as follows:
1st: Denis Birchill, Wicklow;
2nd: Johnnie O’ Brien, Tipperary;
3rd: Tim Flood, Wexford;
4th: Johnnie O’ Brien, Tipperary;
5th: Paddy Byrne, Kildare;
6th: Paddy Byrne, Kildare.
The organiser of the event, Dan
Morrissey, would like to sincerely
thank all those who worked at the
venue or helped in any way to make
the day a success. вќѓ
Picture from Left to Right: John Dick (Judge), Noreen Frewen (nee Morrissey),
Denis Birchill with Scot, Joan O’Connor (nee Morrissey) and Dan Morrissey.
On a recent visit to Fethard
by Alice Roberts (nee Flynn)
Presentation Convent school class group taken April 1956. Back: Stasia
Whelan (Killenaule), Margaret Griffin, Patricia Ryan, Kitty Mai Barry, Eileen
Hayes (Killenaule), Biddy Smith and Mary Cantwell. Middle: Alice Flynn, Mary
O’Shea, Madeline Croke, Mary Tobin, Rita Kenny, Doreen Maher, Nan Sayers,
Mary Sayers, Mary Murray and Alice Leahy. Front: Eileen Carey, Helen Fergus,
Raphael Hanley, Geraldine Young, Ann Hurley and Maureen Moclair.
n a recent visit to Fethard,
going down the old familiar
tracks, my mind wandered back to
life as it was in the 1950s. It was a simple, uncomplicated life. They say that
what you never had you never miss.
There must be some truth in that
because, although we were one of
the poorest families in the town, I
didn’t really become aware of this
until much later. We were never
bored and were content with the simple things.
One of the things that amazes me
today when I speak to children in
schools, is the amount of money that is
spent on them. They must have all the
latest technological toys that cost an
absolute fortune. They feel inferior in
their group if they haven’t got the complete set of Pokemon and Digimon
cards, together with the album in
which to house them. The Game Boy
has been overtaken by the Nintendo
D.S. Hold on, these have now been
superseded by the Game Cube and X
Box. But wait, we must have the latest –
the P.S.P. which I have been told on
good authority, means Play Station
Portable. This wonderful device not
only plays games but also movies. Of
course, for the musically minded, there
are the �iPod’ and MP3 Player for downloading the latest music. We thought
we were very sophisticated listening to
Radio Luxemburg at the Fitzgerald’s
Our games were much simpler. Of
course, we had our cards too. Yes, the
�fag cards’. We collected discarded
empty cigarette boxes – Woodbine,
Players, Gold Flake and Craven A.
Having taken out the gold foil and inner
card, we flattened the outer case. There
was a wide path outside Paddy Grant’s
house. We would kneel on the kerb
and flick a card towards the wall. The
card to go the furthest was the winner,
thereby increasing the owner’s collection. We were very proud of our cards,
especially if you had a good collection
of Gold Flake. For some reason, we
believed these were better gliders.
This would be replaced, in time
with the spinning top season. That
must have been soon after Easter, as
we would use the colourful foil from
the Easter Eggs to decorate the top.
We would have races down The
Green with our tops, stopping now
and then to replace the bootlace as it
slipped from the stick. To stop this
from happening, we had to put a
groove in the stick. We also had to
keep the metal tip of the top nicely
polished, to help its smooth travel.
Skipping was a very popular activity in the road. When I now think of
the rhymes that went with the skipping, I feel that today, most of them
would be politically incorrect.
However, in those days, we didn’t
pay any great attention to the words,
just watching to see how many verses we could recite before getting out.
Stamp collecting is also a rare
hobby today. Each year here in South
Australia, a representative from the
Post Office visits schools, bringing
posters of the latest stamps and giv-
The Green in the 1960s, includes Alice Flynn, Eileen Carey, May Fitzgerald,
Alice Fitzgerald, Sean Gunne and Billy Fitzgerald.
Joe and Alice Fitzgerald photographed on the Green where we played
�Rounders’. On the left is the ruin of the Bainín Ryan's House.
ing free samples to encourage an
interest in stamp collecting. Yet, children don’t take it up. Is this just an
Australian thing, or is it more widespread? I suppose with the coming of
e-mails, less and less letters are sent.
Of course, we had the cinema, and
the Sunday afternoon session was a
must. Apart from the Batman trailer,
there was also the main feature,
where we would get glimpses of life
in well-to-do American homes. We
would live out these fantasies in the
�cubby houses’ we made in the ruins
of my grandmother’s house (where
Billy Kenny’s workshop now stands).
We became experts at making dry
stonewalls. We created rooms in
these houses — nurseries, drawing
rooms and libraries, to act out our
fantasies. Fr Hogan found us building
one day and came to the convent the
next day to explain the dangers of
building such high walls without support. We didn’t stop. We just modified our designs. One day, Jo Barrett
brought us a gift of crockery. She’d
had a clear out and gave us plates,
cups, jugs and all sorts of dishes for
our play. We thought these were just
As we grew older, our summer
time activities changed. A daily visit
to Newbridge was the highlight of the
summer. I would bring back a bottle
of water for my father from the Spring
Well in the grounds of Grove House.
Was it always sunny and warm, or am
I remembering life with rose
coloured spectacles? I don’t remember any miserable summer days.
Summer evenings were filled with
games of rounders outside the
Fitzgeralds. Our bases would be the
Alice (Flynn) Roberts meeting some old friends from the Green on her visit to
Fethard in June this year. L to R: Alice (Flynn) Roberts (home from Australia),
Billy Kenny, Eileen (Carey) Connolly, and Rita (Kenny) Kane.
corner of Mrs Gunne’s house, the
Bainín’s house, the corner of Lory
Kenny’s garden and the steps outside
Carey’s. These games became very
competitive at times, with disagreements over boundaries, hits and
misses. However, we liked the game
too much to let our evening be
spoiled, so we would agree to disagree and start again. I often wonder
how a window was never broken and
why no one ever complained. Far
from it – the adults would sit on their
windowsills to watch the game.
Maybe they were protecting the windows! Who knows? I only remember
them encouraging us and cheering a
good run.
Are the children today missing out?
I think so, but then this is a sign of
the times. Parents can no longer
allow their children to go out of the
house in the morning and not expect
them home �till they’re hungry. They
keep them safe by buying all these
expensive games to keep them from
getting bored. There are a lot more
cars about, so games we played like
skipping, spinning tops and rounders
can no longer be played on the road.
The modern house has a very small
backyard, so it is necessary for parents
to take children to sporting venues for
organised events. So many times I’ve
seen the sign �Mum’s Taxi’ on the back
window of a car. It’s a fast moving world
with lots of pressures. There are so
many benefits we enjoy today that we
could not have seen in our wildest
dreams, but it is also good to reminisce
on the times we think of as the �Good
Old Days’. ❃
Fethard Bridge Club
ethard Bridge Club is now in its
29th year and still going strong.
We play every Wednesday evening in
the Tirry Centre, which has long
been the home of the bridge club. It
is a warm and comfortable venue,
convenient for everyone and we
break for a cup of tea and a chat
halfway through the evening. Our
numbers have dropped a little in the
last few years, so we would welcome
new members and encourage as
many as possible to take up the
The club was saddened this year
by the death of two of our members,
Margaret Cummins, Main Street, and
Margaret Hackett, Strylea. Both were
long-standing members of the club.
Although Margaret Cummins hadn’t
actively played bridge for a number
of years, she still maintained a keen
interest in the activities of the club
and continued to attend some of our
annual parties. Margaret was a longtime member of both Fethard Bridge
club and the Comeragh Bridge club
in Clonmel. Although her illness prevented her from playing as much as
she would have liked in recent years,
she continued to support the club
and played whenever her health permitted. As a partner and an opponent, she was always courteous and
encouraging - especially to beginners, and her unfailing good humour
and courage were an inspiration to
all. Both will be sadly missed.
At our President’s Prize dinner at
Slievenamon Golf Club on Friday
20th May 2005 the following prizes
were presented: President’s Prize:
Nora Lawrence and Madeleine
O’Donnell; Committee Prize: Teresa
Cummins and Alice Quinn; Player of
the Year, for which the O’Flynn tro-
Fethard Bridge Club honourary life members, John and Anne Lucey, photographed with their daughter Breda (centre) outside their home.
phy is presented: Kay St. John; Club
Champions, for which the Hayes trophy is presented: Betty Walsh and
Brigid Gorey; Individual Champion,
for which the Dick Gorey Trophy was
presented for the first time: Betty
Walsh; The Suzanne Opray Trophy,
presented for the first time this year
as well, was won by Nell Broderick,
as the player who reduced her handicap by the most during the year.
We played for the free sub for the
coming year on September 28th and
5th October and the winners of the
gross free sub were Anna Cooke and
Bernie O’Meara. The free nett sub
was won by Brigid Gorey and Betty
Walsh. On 9th November we held a
charity night and donated the proceeds for the evening to the National
Council for the Blind. Our Christmas
party was held in Sadel’s Restaurant
on 9th December at which our
Christmas prizes were presented.
At our AGM on 18th May 2005 the
following officers and committee
were elected: President: Marie
Delaney, Vice President: Mike Burke,
Secretary/PRO: Gemma Burke,
Treasurer: Frances Burke, Assistant
Treasurer: Anna Cooke. Tournament
Directors: Alice Quinn, Betty Walsh,
Frances Burke, and Gemma Burke.
Partner Facilitator: Annie O’Brien.
Committee: Kay St. John, Bernie
O’Meara, Berney Myles, Nell
May we take this opportunity to
wish all bridge players (and nonbridge players!) at home and abroad
a very happy and holy Christmas and
a prosperous New Year. вќѓ
Fethard Senior Citizen’s Club
nother year has slipped away
and we are already busy
preparing for the next. Our club has
gone from strength to strength over
the years with an increase in members. In August 2004 we travelled to
Emmanuel House of Providence in
Clonfert, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. We
had an early start as we had to be in
Clonfert by noon for a healing service. We stopped off at the
Templemore Arms for tea and
scones en route.
Clonfert was a very busy place
with pilgrims from all over gathered
there. Having brought packed lunches with us we took our break at 1pm,
followed by mass at 3pm. Dinner was
very welcome that evening which we
eat heartily. We all agreed that it was
a very spiritual experience.
Our monthly meetings were held as
usual in the Tirry Community Centre
which is an excellent venue, where all
our needs are catered for. Our
Christmas Party was held once again in
the Anner Hotel, Thurles. This was preceded by mass in the Abbey Church.
The committee worked very hard to
make the day a memorable and enjoyable for everyone.
April saw us take a bus trip to
Melleray, via the scenic route. It was
followed by a lovely meal in Cahir
House. All were dressed for the occasion in their Easter bonnets. We held
mass in the centre in May, which was
followed by a lovely tea.
June saw us take a trip to Adare,
Co. Limerick. Adare is a charming
and quaint place and we had a lovely
meal in the Woodlands Hotel. In July
we took a trip to Dublin where we
visited Dublin Castle and Farmleigh
Brain Freeze!
House. The weather was beautiful.
We’ve had a very busy year and,
due to the increase in members, we
had to draw up a rota to facilitate all
our members making sure that each
person had at least one outing. At
present we are preparing for this
year’s Christmas Party. A Happy and
Peaceful Christmas is extended to all
from the Senior Club. вќѓ
by Lydia (Newport) Kelly
Tony Newport photographed on the occasion of his marriage to Mary Kenny,
The Green, c.1958. L to R: Bert Newport, Ciss Newport, Tony Newport, Mary
Kenny and Maggie Kenny.
recently had reason to have a
small blemish removed from my
forehead using 'liquid nitrogen'. A
three minute visit to the local doctor
and a couple of zaps to the left temple did the trick, and I had to suffer a
dull throbbing headache for only
twenty-four hours before feeling back
to normal. However, I was amused a
day or two later when a friend of
mine reported that her young daughter had asked, on hearing my friend
recount my experience, was the pain
like 'brain freeze'? And, when I heard
the question, I had to admit that yes,
that's exactly what it was like, brain
Now, for the unitiated amongst you
readers, brain freeze is the feeling
you get when you eat something that
is so cold it first hits your tongue and a
couple of seconds later, hits your brain
and causes you a dull headache above
and between your eyes.
You're probably wondering at this
stage where this article is going and
what it has to do with the Fethard
Newsletter, but this above-mentioned
episode jogged something in my
memory, and gave me the subject for
this article.
Going back more than thirty years,
yes, I'm that old, I was one of very
few children in Fethard who had the
unique pleasure of tasting homemade ice-cream within a few seconds of it being made. My grandfather, and later my father, used to
make ice-cream for our shop and
delicious ice-cream it was too. There
were no invitations issued to come
for ice-cream, it was a case of if you
just happened to visit at the right
time, you were the lucky one!
I remember being given a saucer
and a spoon by my aunt and being
sent to where the ice-cream production took place. I also remember
being told not to get in the way or to
make any noise. I used to sit, quiet as
a mouse, waiting on the steps of the
stairs as work went on in the next
room. I never actually saw what was
involved in the manufacturing
process, but I do remember the
gloves my grandfather wore to protect his hands as he took the big steel
containers of icecrem out of the
�freezer’, �ice-cream maker’, I'm not
sure, I just know it definitely wasn't
an oven!
The icy steam used to rise out of
the machine when the lids were lifted off, and also from the containers,
they were so cold. And then, a few
seconds later, I'd be given a big dollop of vanilla ice-cream on the
saucer and back I'd go to the stairs to
eat it.
The only thing is, the saucer used
to get so cold that you couldn't hold
it or keep in on your lap, and the
spoon used to get too cold to hold or
put into your mouth, and of course
the ice-cream was sooooo cold you
had to try and put it into your mouth
and swallow it without any of it
touching any of you (don't try this at
Needless to say, I was told to wait a
while and let it 'heat' (opposite of all
other meals, where you'd be told to
let it cool), but also needless to say - I
never did wait 'cos that ice cream
was just too delicious to wait another
second for it. Inevitably, the brain
freeze would follow on, but it was
always worth it.
I'm sure many of you readers will
remember the ice-cream this article
is about, it was on sale in the shop on
Main Street for many years, until the
machine broke down and the parts
could not be sourced to repair it.
I'm still partial to a nice ice-cream,
actually, all my family are, must be a
legacy from those days waiting on
the stairs. We even have our own
name for it 'gingine' . . . but that's
another story! вќѓ
Badgers — soccer for the over 30s
Back L to R: Colm McGrath, Liam Meagher, Pat O'Donnell, Kari Laaksonen,
Alan Connolly, Kevin Ryan, Garret Coleman. Front L to R: Liam Harrington,
John Bermingham, John Neville, Mick Tillyer, Gabriel Needham, Tom Barry.
oming into the early autumn
months, as the evenings pull in
and cooler temperatures return,
oftentimes the discussion is, whether
we had a good summer this year or
not. No matter what you believe,
human nature will always come up
with opposing views. Remember
those three weeks together that the
sun shone, temperatures rose and
water was becoming scarce. It is not
so much with amazement but amusement that I recall a bloke passing the
time of day, just a day or two after the
weather had broken, saying, “sure tis
always the bloody same in this country isn't it?”
I had instinctively agreed before
thinking to disagree, but he was
gone. Is there a point to this discourse on the summer weather? Yes.
Did anyone notice, that on every
Wednesday night this summer rain
was threatened or in fact it did rain,
even though we may have had fine
and bright days leading up to it, and
indeed, on the following day.
Being a �Badger’ and ever looking
forward to the one night in the week
for a good kick up of the heels on the
soccer field, it has become apparent
that Wednesday nights are cursed!
That said, this past year for the new
club has been bright, seeing a steady
increase in members and we are now
22 strong. A great boost this summer
was acquiring new goal posts, thanks
to the community field committee.
Also, many thanks to Coolmore for
loaning us their goal posts while
waiting delivery of the new posts.
There have been some very lively
and very competitive games through
the year and thankfully very few
injuries apart from the odd bruised
shin or ego. Some people outside the
club remain confused as to the
whole idea behind it, probably
because of its simplicity. We are,
more or less, a sports and social
Wednesday night from 8pm to
9.30pm approx. No, we don't rush off
to the pub straight afterwards, normally the pub gathering has been
restricted to our AGMs, although a
Christmas Party is definitely on the
cards for this year. At the AGM the
elected committee members were:
Chair, Philip Furne; Secretary, Colm
McGrath; and Treasurer, Liam
Harrington. вќѓ
All work and no play . . .
by Sean Henehan
Section of the crowd at Kilnockin Platform in the 1940s
have always agreed with the saying, “all work and no play makes
Jack a dull boy”, and took my holidays and leisure as a matter of
On one occasion, two friends and
I, visited Courtown Harbour on a
Friday evening at the end of August,
in a Ford van that I owned. After
inspecting the village we went for a
swim and had a few at the local
hostelry. Afterwards we went for a
stroll and found a Fun Fair, which we
investigated. I noticed a shooting
gallery and went for a few shots. The
attendant set up a target and gave me
three pellets which I fired and was
told I scored 29 out of 30 which qualified me for the �shoot off’ to take
place at 12 o’clock.
I duly returned and was given the
gun, three pellets, and a target was put
in place. Having fired my three shots,
the attendant said I had only two
marks on my card scoring 20 and that
was not good enough. One of my
companions asked in an authoritative
voice to see the card. After a lengthy
study he declared that two pellets had
gone through the one mark and that I
had scored 30. The attendant accepted his decision and declared me the
winner and presented me with the
prize. The locals were amazed and
looked at me in a curious manner
thinking I had accomplished the
impossible! I could not disagree. I did
not feel that I had done the impossible but that was the decision.
On Saturday we went to the golf
club with the owner of our guesthouse. This was my introduction to
golf, which I continued to play for
years, winning numerous prizes, and
finishing on a seven handicap.
After lunch on Saturday, as we
were about to settle our account, we
were told by the proprietor that it
would be much cheaper to stay until
Tuesday. August ended on Sunday,
so we would be paying the
September rate from then on. We
stayed and on Sunday evening went
out to welcome home the Wexford
hurlers who had won the All-Ireland.
We saw the talented Rackard brothers amongst the team. Nicky died a
few short years afterwards.
We left for home on Monday
evening and were very lucky to make
it, as we had a slow puncture and no
spare, which was also punctured.
The van eventually went �on the run’
by the time we reached Abbey Street.
There was nothing left to do but
share the prize, which was a set of
two brown delph teapots with a blue
band on the top. The big one should
have been given to the man who really won the competition by declaring
that I had achieved the impossible.
But, if I gave him the big one he
would realise that I did not agree
with his verdict, so I kept the big one
and we made our way home, delighted to be back in Fethard.
I liked to spend my leisure time in
the open and engaged in shooting.
On one occasion I shot a pheasant in
Kilknockin. I hit it and it landed in the
ditch about 200 yards away. My dog
got on the trace and I heard her
growling in the distance as she headed towards Rocklow. The bark got
very low so I decided to move on. On
crossing the racecourse field, I
looked back and saw my dog
approaching with a pheasant in her
mouth. I gave Roxy a good pat on the
head as she came up and dropped it
at my feet. It was at least a half mile
from where I first shot the bird. The
dog tracked the bird down and then
brought it back overcoming several
obstacles on the way. When I looked
at the beautiful bird dead on the
ground, I thought, it was not right to
shoot such lovely birds with wonderful covering and beautiful tail feathers more than a foot long. I shot a lot
of wild birds afterwards, but never
again did I shoot at the king of all
birds, a cock pheasant.
A companion and I tried some
grouse shooting on the bog and started from Laffansbridge. We found the
going very rough with plenty of
drains to be jumped. After a time we
noticed a green patch ahead of us.
On coming up we saw a green island
of about one hundred acres prime
land. It was really an amazing sight. It
had ruins of a house, which was built
by the �Gobbán Saor’, the legendary
Irish builder. When people lived in
mud huts, he thought up a system for
building stone houses and his system
has been used down to the present
day. The system was: one stone on
two and two on one for every second
layer. If you notice a modern block
built wall you will see the system in
As well as being a participant in
sport, I was also a keen spectator,
interested in Gaelic, rugby and soccer. I also patronised horse racing
and dog racing.
In Gaelic, I always had a ticket for
the finals in the Cusack stand. I saw all
the great players and a few that stood
out were Mick O’Connell, Jack
O’Shea, all the great Tipperary hurlers,
the Mackey brothers from Limerick,
and Cork’s famous Christy Ring. It was
always a great day out which included
having �a few’ in Dublin and the odd
stop down the road.
On one occasion, as we were
about to leave for home, I met an
army man and he invited us to the
barracks for �one for the road’. We
stayed until three o’clock. There
were five of us in the car. When we
reached Kingsbridge one was snoring and the others followed him at
intervals. By the time we reached the
Curragh all were snoring so I decided that I might as well join them and
pulled well in off the road and joined
the chorus.
I was awakened by one who
yawned and stretched himself when
he realised the car was stopped,
thinking he was back in Fethard. It
was eight o’clock and another three
hours before we were in Fethard. Of
course, the whole town heard about
our escapade.
I patronised Landsdown Road for
All Irelands and home internationals
and always sat on a reserved seat at
the wall in the half way line. I saw all
the great players from the period —
Jackie Kyle, George Norton, Jim
McCarthy and Tom Clifford. There
were five rows of seats outside the
wall on the half way and we stood at
the back and just took a vacant seat
when the match started. We were
never challenged because only half
the seats were occupied. That is how
I saw every match sitting in a
reserved seat.
Aintree was another place I patronised, as it was the place to be on
Grand National Day. The first day a
friend and I went and as we
approached the entrance I noticed
cup at Clonamany, and also most of
the pass gate. We went over and I
the local coursing meetings held
told the man there was a runner from
every week from October to
near Clonmel and we were there to
represent the two local newspapers.
We also kept a few racehorses and
The official said he could not let us in
had a few very good wins. �Rio Rita’
but he directed us to the secretary’s
won 18 races, along with �Rita Óg’
office about 50
and many others.
yards away. I
pitched the take
who was second
again and the secto �Lively Collage’
retary gave us a
in the Grand
National, won a
Aintree with a race
few races for us
card, a pass to the
before we sold
press stand, a
lunch ticket and a
Going to the
ticket to the jockey
dogs and followroom after the
ing the horses
race. We really
were my favourite
enjoyed the day
hobbies but I was
and I made my
entrance the same
However, we did
way for about six
win a race in
grand nationals.
Limerick Junction
Soccer was not as
�Yacht Club’ at
Rosie & Sean Henehan 1950s
well patronised in
8-1, which kept us
those days and I did not attend any
on the right side for a time. I could
matches. I’ve always kept a number
see no future in gambling and never
of greyhounds for track and coursing
had a big bet, but looking back, I can
and spent many hours walking the
say that I had a very good life, very
road exercising them. Many of our
varied, with as many downs as ups. I
greyhounds made their way to tracks
never made much money but always
in England and Scotland. It was very
enjoyed myself. Of course, my life
exciting and meant a lot of travelling.
was shattered when my darling Rosie
We won a number of cups on track
died suddenly and there has been a
and a large number in Tipperary, as
big void in my life ever since.
well as Cork, Connacht and North
However, I thank God for giving us
Kilkenny. I regularly attended the
almost 40 years of happiness. I
three-day national meeting in
intend to continue to enjoy what is
Clonmel every February, the Irish
life, however long it will last. вќѓ
Patrician Presentation Secondary School
Awards Ceremony 2005 Back L to R: Ida Carroll (Student of the Year 2nd
Year); Helen Frewen (Leaving Cert Results 2005); Kate O'Brien (Writers Award
Junior Poetry); Robert Maher (Best Attendance 2nd Year); Joe Fogarty (Paddy
Broderick Award), Cian Grogan (Writers Award Junior Fiction); David Gorey
(Young Entrepreneur's Award). Front L to R: John Frewen (Outstanding
Achievement Award), Jillian O'Connell (Sports Award), Laura Rice (Student of
the Year 1st Year); Mr Ernan Britton (Principal), Sgt. Pat Fallon (Past Pupil and
Guest Speaker); CiarГЎn Leahy (Padraig Pearse Award); Liam Ryan (Best
Attendance 4th Year) and PГЎdraig O'Shea (Writers Award Junior Fiction).
“Ah! Fill the cup that boots it to repeat, how
time is slipping through our feet…”
nd yes! How the academic
year 2004-2005 has flown, as
we now progress into the autumn
term of 2005-2006.
The last year was packed with
activity and achievements. The first
milestone of the year was the excellent results achieved by our 6th years
and Junior Certs in September – a
success repeated once more by this
year’s Leaving Certs and Junior
An �Open Evening’ took place on
15th November 2004 and was a huge
success. There was a great variety of
subject areas to visit and the
PowerPoint demonstration on profiling past students was a very interesting feature. At this time our girls’ senior volleyball team qualified for the
All Ireland semifinals in University
College Limerick. Mary Gorey was
also chosen for the Munster
Women’s Under-21 rugby team which
came to glory against Leinster.
Our 5th year science team featured
in the top table (4th) at the science
quiz sponsored by Merck, Sharpe
and Dohme. For the first time a
whole school show, “Joseph And
December 2004 in the Abymill
Theatre with many new �budding
The school Carol Service was held
on Thursday 16th December. Fr.
Gerry Horan, OSA celebrated the
service. Fr. Tom Breen P.P. and
Canon Jim Power were also present.
The musical director was Kevin
Hickey and the soloists were Laura
Rice (1st year), Joseph O’Connell
and Donna Burke (3rd year), Anna
Davis (2nd year) and SiobhГЎn Prout
and Sarah Kennedy (6th year) with
Jonathon Fleming (2nd year). It was
a very uplifting service with all the
school present and treated afterwards to Slade’s “Merry Christmas”
by the school group �Talisin’ — Fintan
Maher, Michael McCarthy, Michael
Leahy and James Williams.
The aprГЁs Christmas period was far
from quiet — John Frewen (5th year)
was awarded the bronze medal in
the final of the chemistry section at
the Irish Junior Science Olympiad.
The Minister for Education, Mary
Hanafin, presented his award.
Congratulations to John and Ms
David Gorey got to the All-Ireland
of the Young Entrepreneurs
Competition with his chosen skill
“Enchanted Wood” — beautiful candleholders and napkin rings for the
dining table. Well done to David and
Mrs O’Donnell.
Brian Kennedy (6th year) qualified
for the quarter final of the UCC
Philosophical Society second level
debate held in Cork. Well done to
Brian and Mr McGree.
On March 14th 2005, the school
tour to Barcelona departed, where a
wonderful time, wonderful weather
and wonderful memories were had
by all.
It was a very successful year for
Marian Gilpin, presenting the 2005
Business and Enterprise Award to
David Gorey
Mr Paddy Broderick presenting Joe
Fogarty with the Paddy Broderick
Perpetual Trophy
sport in the school. In football the
Huge support from the school travUnder-14 boys won the county blitz,
elled with the team and led by a conably captained by Christopher
voy of cars, they arrived victorious
Sheehan who has gone on to repreback to the Square on Friday
sent Tipperary at underage level this
evening. This is the first flush of sucyear. In hurling the Under-14s were
cess for this young team and great
very unlucky to lose the blitz to
credit is due to them and to their
Thurles in Cahir. In senior football we
coach, Bernie O’Connor. Coolmore
Stud sponsored
over Tipperary V.S.
the team’s new jerin the first round
seys and shorts
but unlucky to lose
and they looked
the toss and had to
pretty �classy’ on a
travel to Ballingarry
�classic’ day.
for the semifinal.
The Tanzanian
Injury deprived us
fund, which raises
of the resources of
Shane Walsh who
sport for a school
has already reprein Tanzania, was
sented Tipperary at
exceptionally sucminor football, and
Mr Ernan Britton, Principal,
despite the great
€1200 from a volefforts of captain presenting Ciarán Leahy with the leyball tournament
Mike Kelly we lost a �Padraig Pearse Perpetual Memorial and a soccer game,
Cup’ for his academic excellence in
very high scoring
and raising €275
Irish and History in the Junior Cert.
game to Ballingarry.
for the tsunami
The highlight of the year, however,
relief on the day of the volleyball
had to be the magnificent victory of
final. Sarah Mai Ahearne’s team won
the junior boys when they captured
the Intel class volleyball and the 6th
the All-Ireland �A’ title in Loughrea
year boys beat the 5th year boys in a
ably led by J.P. McGrath and under
spirited game of soccer. Hail to the
the brilliant coaching of our P.E
victors and the vanquished!
teacher, Bernie O’Connor. The boys
Lastly congratulations to Carrie
played some of the best volleyball
Sweeney (capt.) and the volleyball
ever seen from a Fethard team to
girls who won five games as juniors,
edge out Loughrea V.S. in a thrilling
and in the Community Games won
bronze medals at the National Finals
Congratulations to each and every
in Mosney.
one of the panel and their coach.
Mary Gorey (6th year) and Gillian
�Man of the Match’ was Adrian
O’Connell represented the youth of
Lawrence from Woodvale Walk.
our parish as helpers on the
Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes. A
school quiz and non-uniform day
helped to raise not only the girls’
expenses but also the full fare for one
of the invalids who travelled. Well
done and thanks to Mr Dick
Prendergast and all concerned.
In June Transition Year students
published the 10th edition of the
school’s yearbook, �Off The Wall’. �Off
The Wall’ provides the opportunity to
bring together our memories and
record our successes. It is a major
undertaking and we greatly appreciate the work of Mrs Mulhall, Miss
Fogarty and Mr McGree in coordinating the efforts of the Transition Year
and Fifth Year students who gave
great commitment to producing this
year’s full colour edition. It would not
be possible to produce �Off The Wall’
without the support of our sponsors
and again this year we are grateful for
their generous contributions.
The Intel school lunchtime volleyball has proven to be a “big take” and
very competitive. Thanks to Jillian
O’Connell, Stephanie Fitzgerald and
their team who umpire and Denis
Burke and Justin McGree who organised the games.
What a year of achievements, for
both individual and team. The present academic year got off to great
start — good results and a new jacket
with the attractively designed new
school crest. A big �thank you’ to Ms
Looby and the second years. One
interesting summer achievement was
Jack Halley’s (6th year) participation
in the Tall Ships race. And, of course,
our new school sign.
The annual �Awards Day’ was held
on Friday 28th October 2005 — an
unusually warm late autumn day — a
day to celebrate, to acknowledge
success and achievement. To all
assembled at the Awards Mass —
Principal, staff, ancillary staff, Board
Association, parents and students —
it was a personal day of achievement,
a “sense of worth” day which was
self evident.
Mass was celebrated by Fr. Tom
Breen P.P. and Canon Jim Power.
Kevin Hickey accompanied the choir
on organ, Fintan Maher on guitar,
and the soloist was Laura Rice from
2nd Year.
Fr. Tom, in his homily, spoke very
wisely of doing small things in a great
way. Mrs Prendergast had prepared
the altar and Mr Prendergast the liturgy. Both the head boy, John Frewen,
and the head girl, Jillian O’Connell,
addressed the assembled body.
Our guest speaker was Sgt. Pat
Fallon. He and his wife Patricia are
both past pupils of the school. Pat
spoke of his delight at being back in
the school of his youth, the town of
his youth. He spoke to the student
body of their value as people and
how that value and life can be so easily lost at a young age through different forms of substance misuse and
accidental death.
A highly experienced member of
the Gardai himself, he related some
of his memories of school, and life,
and said that he wished that all the
Photographed at the Fethard Debs Ball held at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel on 2nd
September 2005 are L to R: Brian Kennedy, David Sullivan, James Smyth,
William O'Brien, Shane Walsh, Keith Phelan and Damien Donovan.
assembled students would have the
opportunity to return, like he had
done, after a number of years had
elapsed. He spoke of the different
ways one can achieve, and how there
are so many opportunities and
avenues open to young boys and
girls in this present time.
The Principal, Mr Ernan Britton,
thanked all for their involvement and
work for the Awards Day, particularly
Mr. Prendergast, Mr O’Gorman and
Mr Burke.
Achievement awards were presented
to Laura Rice 2nd Year and Ida Carroll
3rd Year. The Junior Cert Awards were
presented to CiarГЎn Leahy T.Y., who
received the Padraig Pearse Perpetual
Trophy, and Joe Fogarty T.Y., who
received the Paddy Broderick
Perpetual Trophy. Indeed, it was a
pleasure to see both Mr Broderick and
Mr Doocey who has been very ill, present on the occasion.
John Frewen of 6th Year received a
special achievement award but also
an outstanding achievement award
for winning the bronze medal at the
National Science Olympiad.
For her excellent Leaving Cert
results, Helen Frewen received an
award, and a memento of the Padraig
Pearse and Paddy Broderick awards
were presented to last year’s recipients, Niall Hayes and Ronan Shee.
Denis Burke presented the Sports
Achievement Award to Jillian
O’Connell, and all fifteen of the panel
of our All-Ireland winning boys’ volleyball team were presented with certificates. Valerie Rice, representing
the Parents’ Association, presented
the team captain, J.P. McGrath, with
a special prize for their win.
Marian Gilpin, Deputy Principal
and also chairperson of the local
Credit Union, presented the Young
Entrepreneur Award to David Gorey
3rd Year, and a memento to last
year’s recipient, Emma Walsh 6th
Best attendance awards went to
Aisling Dwyer and GrГЎinne Horan
2nd Year, Robert Maher and Colm
Horan 3rd Year, Alan O’Connor T.Y.
and Liam Ryan 6th Year. The school
acknowledged Pádraig O’Shea’s outstanding achievement in Judo at the
Community Games. Mr McGree of
the English Dept. presented the
Fethard Writers Quill 2005 Awards in
English to Pádraig O’Shea for junior
fiction; Kate O’Brien for junior poet-
ry; Cian Grogan for junior fiction; and
the senior poetry award to Cormac
The Principal, Mr Britton, has every
reason to feel proud of the school on
such an outstanding occasion of success and achievement. The ceremony finished with a presentation to Sgt.
Pat Fallon and his wife. To conclude,
the words of Head Girl, Jillian
O’Connell, will resound once more:
“Tá suil againn go mbainfidh gach
duine agaibh taitneamh as sos na
Till we meet again, Seasons
Greetings to readers far and wide
from the principal and staff as we
head towards “Another Opening,
Another Show”- Godspell 2005. ❃
Photographed at the Fethard Debs Ball held at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel on 2nd
September 2005 are L to R: Evelyn Fogarty. Amy Quigley, Helen Frewen,
Roseanne Meaney, Marice Sullivan, Sharon Duggan, Tara O'Flynn,SiobhГЎn
Prout, Sarah Kennedy and Ciara Hickey.
Greetings from Killusty N.S
nother busy year has passed
in Killusty National School. We
had seven new entrants: Thomas
Morgan, Luke Coen, Jack Pollard,
Aoife Sheehan, Lorna Smyth,
Rebecca Kenny and Chelsea Kenny.
Our academic year was punctuated
by: our First Holy Communion,
received by David Morgan, Derek
O'Brien, James Harrington, Kate
O'Donnell and Niamh Crotty; our
school trip to Trabolgan, enjoyed by
children, parents and teachers alike;
our Sports Day held in Kilvemnon
with Cloneen National School and
Kilvemnon National School; our
fundraising activities for the Hospice
movement, the Dyslexia Association
of Ireland and Mrs Quinn's Charity
Shops; our Day of Poetry, spent in the
company of poet, Declan Lucey, giving enjoyment to all; our attendance
at a performance of �Diarmuid agus
by Frances Harrington (Principal)
Gráinne’, presented by Clan Cluana
Theatre Company; our participation
in football and hurling matches, with
the much-appreciated guidance of
Noel Byrne, GAA representative; our
enjoyment, in the summer term, of
�Kool School’, an eight-week programme of co-operative games and
physical health education.
Yes, a year full of variety, helping
us to implement our vision for
Killusty National School that each
child would be developed intellectually, socially, spiritually, physically
and morally.
Our sixth class, Aaron Conran,
Daniel Hickey, Fiona Crotty, Katie
Coen, Patrick Kearney and Stephen
Coffey, moved on, in June, to commence their Secondary Education,
bringing with them, we hope, an
appreciation of our vision for them.
A Happy New Year to you all. вќѓ
Pupils presenting a cheque for €230, the proceeds of a coffee morning, to Jim
Bond, South Tipperary Hospice, on behalf of the people of Killusty.
Civil Defence
L to R: Joe Strappe, Michael Mullins, Eddie Cooney, Ann Carroll, Rory Walsh.
the Ballingarry area. Ambulance and
nce again 2004/05 was quite
first aid cover was also provided at
active for Civil Defence in the
the GAA field for two major games.
Fethard/Killusty area. First Aid training
Training for 2005/06 resumed in
was provided in the secondary school
October under the direction of Ms
and a public First Aid course was held
Dolores Fahey who has replaced
at the Tirry Centre.
Eddie Cooney as Civil Defence
First aid and ambulance cover was
Officer for the county. We wish
provided for the annual Killusty
Dolores well in her new appointment
Show, GAA matches and for events in
and hope that many new members
Grove during the year. The Killusty
will join the Fethard Unit during the
Show committee made a presentacoming year.
tion to Eddie Cooney, who has
Under the direction of the Civil
retired as Civil Defence Office, in
Defence Board we hope to see some
appreciation for his support to the
new areas of training - rope rescue,
show for over 20 years.
use of defibrillator and fire fighting in
Rory Walsh took charge of all the
the months ahead. Any one interestwelfare arrangements for Annual
ed in becoming involved should conCamp in Lahinch where over 80
tact Civil Defence officer on (087)
members took part during the June
holiday weekend - well done Rory!
We send out best wishes to all past
Other events local members were
members who served us so well
involved in were the Tall Ships Race
in Waterford, Red Bull Air Stunts
down the years and we think of those
who are no longer with us, may they
Stonethrowers Rally held this year in
rest in peace. вќѓ
Fethard Historical Society
very year brings a new story,
and 2005 is also delivering its
load to posterity and the Fethard
Historical Society continued with its
mission of remembering the past,
heralding the future, but above all,
enjoying the present.
The year began with the announcement by the society of its
“Tipperariana Book of the Year”
which went to �Foreign and Fantastic
Field Sports – Cricket in County
Tipperary’ by Patrick Bracken.
Patrick is a native of Littleton and
now works as a librarian in
A very special night was held on
Saturday 29th January in the Abymill
Theatre when two presentations
were made. The first presentation, of
a framed hunting scene, was to Tony
Newport, as the Society wished to
acknowledge his huge contribution
over many years as the Fethard correspondent of the Nationalist newspaper. Future historians will be
using his notes as the authentic
record of the goings-on in the
Fethard area for the past 45 years.
Thanks indeed to Tony.
The second presentation was to
the winning author Patrick Bracken
Joe Kenny making a presentation to Tony Newport, on behalf of the Fethard
Historical Society, in recognition of Tony's 45 years service as local correspondent for the Nationalist Newspaper. L to R: Joe Kenny, who took over as local
correspondent, Tony Newport and Mary Hanrahan, PRO.
and this time it was a framed copy of
a photo from the Kenrick collection –
�The Fethard Cricket Group’, which in
fact was used by Patrick on the cover
of his excellent book.
Then, on Sunday 13th February,
the tenth Tipperariana Book Fair was
held in the Fethard Ballroom and
once again it was a great success. A
sad note on the day was indicated by
the oration and a minute’s silence for
a great friend of the fair, Rudi
Holzapfel. Rudi, who ran the Poor
Sinner Bookshop in Tipperary Town,
was also a significant poet and he
had died only seven days previously
on the 6th February.
On the Saturday of the bookfair
weekend, i.e. Saturday 12th, we hosted a lecture by Dr. Maureen
Concannon on the subject of “Sile na
Gigs”, and on 28th February we hosted a lecture by Con Manning (immediate past President of the Royal
Society of Antiquities of Ireland) on
the subject of, “The Field
Monuments of Ireland”.
On Sunday 6th March, an important Australian group came to follow
the �John Kelly Trail’. Ian Jones
(whose book �Ned Kelly-A Short Life’,
is regarded as the definitive book on
Ned Kelly) and Tony Lee, curator of
�Old Melbourne Jail’ (where Ned
Kelly was hanged in 1880) and others, came to see the site of the Kelly
(Moyglass) and the other �Kelly’ sites
in Mogorban, Newpark and
The AGM of Tuesday 26th April,
saw the following officers elected:
Chairperson, DГіirГ­n Saurus; Vicechairperson,
Assistant Secretary, Peter Delaney;
Treasurer, Catherine O’Flynn; and
PRO, Terry Cunningham. Committee
members: Kitty Delany, Tim
Robinson, Marie O’Donnell, Di
Stokes, Ann Gleeson, Ann Lynch and
Colm McGrath.
The AGM was also treated to a talk
and demonstration by Marie Crean
on the traditional crafts of Lumra and
Rush Weaving. Marie’s work has now
featured in national and international
On a beautiful July evening, Friday
1st July, Colm McGrath guided (and
drove the bus as well) a group of us
to the Priory of Kells and the
Monastery of Kilree in nearby Co.
Later in July, the Society joined the
Flower Festival in old Holy Trinity
Church by providing a guided walk
from Mary Hanrahan on the 23rd and
then organising a Craft Display and
Fair on Sunday 24th.
The Society took part in Heritage
Week in early September when, as
part of the Irish Walled Towns
Network (organised by the Heritage
Council), we also hung the Network
Flag from the Town Wall battlements
overlooking the Valley.
In early September also, 18 members of the Society went for a weekend to Inis Oirr in the Aran Islands
and, apart from a very “rocky” crossing on the way out, a splendid time
was had by all.
On Friday 23rd September, the
Society hosted an unusual event in
the Abymill Theatre, where modern
dance was performed to music
played on a 16th Century instrument
(a �viola da gamba’). The show was
aptly titled, �Movement and Music
from the Wild Side’.
On Tuesday 18th October, an illustrated talk by Naturalist Liam Burke
took place in the Abymill and, of
course, the Christmas Social is being
organised for Friday 2nd December.
Our records for the past year
would not be complete without reference to the passing away of one of
our greatest supporters, Neddy
Delahunty of Market Hill. Neddy was
a great man to come to our lectures
and especially to go on our bus
�Outins’. But I don’t think we ever
went to a place that he hadn’t been to
already! We’ll miss him.
The Society can be contacted via
The Secretary, Fethard Historical
Society, Fethard, (the Post Office will
find him/her) or via e-mail at
[email protected] Membership is
€7 for an individual, €10 for a family
and €5 for OAP/Unwaged/Student
and our newsletters and notices will
be forwarded to you anywhere in the
civilised world.
On behalf of the Society we wish
Fethard and Killusty people everywhere a happy Christmas and a
healthy and peaceful 2006. вќѓ
Members of Fethard Historical Society leaving by Jaunting Cart on a trip
around the Island of Inis Oirr. L to R: Ann Gleeson, Chris Nevin, Kitty Delany,
Mary Hanrahan, Chris Lee, Mary O'Neill, Breda Lee and driver.
Footprints & Recollections
by Jimmy McInerney
Fethard Main Street — a hive of activity in the early 1900s
he market forces that heralded
the age of steam and commerce had little or no effect on our
way of life in rural Ireland up to and
including the forties and fifties. The
horse and trap or ass and cart and of
course that old reliable, the push
bike, were the accepted means of
getting about.
In these booming times it’s easy to
forget the scale of emigration that
blighted almost every home and family. Most went to England and she
siphoned off our surplus labour for
decades. This safety valve of emigration prevented social unrest at home,
leaving behind the very young and,
“those unable to work, who were
mostly held together by means of
Elastoplast and Sellotape”.
In those early years, the Green
Field, the Barrack Field, and the
Market House were central to the
lighter side of town life. Up on The
Green, the travelling showman
pitched his tent and had his merrygo-round dancing at the crossroads.
We had music from Tom Hickey’s
Brass Band on festival days, and of
course, “The Four-penny Hop”
helped to lift the spirits and kept the
lamp of hope alight.
Stemming from the bleak penury
that many had to face, someone
made the ridiculous claim that, “If we
could make a living from dancing,
the curse of emigration would evaporate overnight”.
Fethard town, at the time, had all
the appearance of having had a bad
fright. The selfless work of Rev.
Canon Patten and Olivia Hughes,
helped to steady the ship.
“True patriots we, for be it understood,
We left our country for our country’s good.”
School days were the least happy
occasions. The rod for correction
was used often and for the least
provocation. On school breaks we
traversed the flowery fields, and
spent endless happy hours amongst
the ruins of the Military Barracks —
for years a hideous gash on the landscape (we burned it). History makes
it plain — we never really got over
childish delight in arson — we were
addicted to this national pastime.
I will always have a special place in
my heart for all of �nature’s little children’. I can still recall the names of
all the doggies in Fethard in my time.
Being nature’s offspring and finely
tuned to her changing moods, she
blessed them with gifts and sciences
alien to our understanding.
“Courage without ferocity,
beauty without vanity,
strength without insolence,
and all the virtues of man,
without his vices”.
Religion was, to our young minds,
something we could have well done
without. There were endless devotions, where discipline and observance played an important part.
Later on, my seven years as an
altar-boy changed all that and imparted an abiding interest in the Abbey
monastery and the Augustinian
Friars community.
A long avenue leading to a creepercovered manor house against a background of mature trees, formed a picture which the eye loved to dwell upon.
Augustinians lived in this house from 1855 until it was demolished in 1952.
Fethard Brass Band and the Abbey Choir on the steps of the old Abbey house.
The old values of discipline and prayerful obedience were commonplace on
church calendar days. Of course we
had to have a balance, where pride and
bigotry, with a helping of class distinction, kept the pot boiling.
The convent foundation, with its
commodious residence hidden within an old boundary wall of at least 10
feet high, had within its scope the
ruin of the old church, with extensive
gardens, stabling and farm yard,
encircled by iron railings with gateway entrance. Against the gable wall,
burial-ground tablets huddled or at
least rested together without any
regard to rank or seniority. Among
these relics of humanity there are,
without doubt, persons of contrary
interests and contradicting sentiments. Here, as in tombs everywhere, lie sworn enemies. They drop
every embittered thought and dwell
together in unity, irrefutable witnesses to the brevity of life.
“How loved, how valued once avail thee not,
To whom related or by whom begot.
A heap of dust alone remains of thee,
�tis all thou art and all the proud shall be”
— (A. Pope)
How often as altar servers we
watched with wondering eyes the
adorning of the high altar and
observed with childish glee, the
activities of sacristan, Miss Nora
Corcoran. When dressed in her
Sunday regimentals, we caught the
aroma of candied mothballs clinging
around her finery, looks of stern disapproval usually followed.
Nora and her sister Molly spent the
post-famine years in Philadelphia,
USA, where the gates of folly were
extremely wide and inviting, yet both
returned intact and remained seasoned spinsters without going sour.
Nora was accomplished in all work
to do with millinery, embroidery and
floral design. Her handiwork is to be
seen in the liturgical vestments, altar
linen, and coverings still in use. She
always dressed the high altar with a
plentiful yet chaste variety of ornaments. The sanctuary lamp of
embossed silver looked splendid
hanging by its chains and pulley, giving a display of ecclesiastical splendour over all.
Miss Brosnan, housekeeper,
presided with precision and efficiency over the culinary duties, She was
economic to a fault, and under her
sage and experienced direction,
many a roast went through a cycle of
perpetual resurrection.
Her shame was complete when
Hanna Shea, who kept the local shebeen, whispered to her in endearing
terms, “If you ever want a little
�Dropeen’ Miss, come in by the backdoor? You know I’ll never see you
Suffice to say Miss Brosnan never
smiled again.
“From each carved nook and sliding bend,
cornice and gallery, seem to send tones
that with seraph hymns might blend”.
The swelling peal of the organ, and
the chanting of the choristers awoke
in my young mind strange and bright
imaginings of those things which,
“The eye of man has not seen, nor,
his ear heard”. I thought the gates of
paradise had swung open, and all of
us were transported into the realms
of bliss.
“But let not my due feet never fail,
to walk the studious cloister’s pale,
And love the high-embowered roof,
and storied windows richly bright,
Casting a dim religious light,
There let the pealing organ blow,
the full voiced quire below,
In service high and anthem clear,
as may with sweetness thro’ mine ear
Dissolve me into ecstasies, and bring all
heaven before mine eyes”.
— (Milton)
Fr. O’Donohoe was prior in my
time. along with Fr Michael Toomey
and Fr Larry Doyle. Mission week
attracted saints and sinners alike.
The missionary dwelt in glowing
terms on the communion between
the saints above and the sinners
below, making light the theories and
philosophies of imperfect humanity.
So ardent were they in their aspirations and eloquence, they made the
congregation respond with reverence mingled with awe.
Stern judgment was administered
in the confessional where egoism
was mercifully forgiven. Divine direction is not always from the top down,
sometimes it is from the bottom up.
This is evident in the many changes
that have affected the friars’ picturesque seclusion.
The commodious manor house is
no more; the park area reduced by at
least one acre; gone are the majestic
trees — home to a regiment of crows.
Augustinian Abbey Grounds and outhouses c.1900
The farmyard, livestock and garden of
fruit trees produced most of the communities repasts. Gone too is the
splendid sanctuary lamp; and the old
boundary wall — once a worthy
appendage to this ancient monastery.
The �High Altar’ — the focal point for
the celebration of the �Holy
Eucharist’ — has been sadly reduced
to present an image of cold severity.
Authors who have written with
judgment make it known that, before
the Anglo Normans came, we had no
organised church, merely a number
of tribal monastic foundations controlled by stewards appointed by the
reigning families. We see the ruins of
these ancient piles that are still with
us today: Templemartin, Kilnockin,
Everardsgrange, Kiltinan, etc,
Munster almost voted itself out of
the rest of Ireland and went over
church and state to the Normans on
their arrival. It was the only course
which seemed to promise the bringing of the entire country within the
Roman obedience, and to the great
satisfaction of the reigning Pontiff.
St. Augustine founded an order of
monks called, afterwards, the
“Hermits of St. Augustine”, who lived
apart from cities or public places;
and another branch called “Canons”
who formed a kind of religious community in their own house.
Then there were military orders —
�The Knights of the Temple’, or
Templars were formed or founded
under Augustinian at Jerusalem in
1118 between the first and second
crusades. They undertook the task of
escorting pilgrims from the coast up
to Jerusalem to protect them from
the infidel, and to wage war against
the laity in defence of the Cross.
In addition to these duties the
Abbey Interior c.1900
Templars took the usual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They were
introduced into England by Steven,
1135-1154. The Temple Church in
London bears memory to them.
A monastery of �Hermites’ of St.
Augustine was founded at Fethard in
the county of Tipperary by Walter
Mulcot early in the fourteen century.
Maurice MacCarwill, Archbishop of
Cashel, under whom the land was
immediately held, having given his
consent — years 1304-1316.
In W.J. Battersby’s history of the
Augustine Friars in Ireland, the
names of two convents are mentioned in Fethard, the second one by
the name of �Tethard’, could be Holy
Trinity Church, Main Street.
The order had considerable possessions in landed property before
the grasping hand of Henry VIII and
the suppression of the monasteries
changed everything.
The Augustinian Friars of Fethard
having been thus robbed of their
convent and property and thereby
deprived of the very means of supporting a community, were reduced
to the necessity of living apart from
each other.
The ancient church continued in a
state of ruin. After centuries of persecution the friars that remained
obtained possession of their home.
Venerable members of the order in
times past are, Rev. James Slattery,
1766-1790, assisted by Rev. Cornelius
Funsey, Rev. Fathers John and
Thomas Farrell and Patrick Tierney,
who all lived and served the people
of Fethard during dangerous times.
It is worthy of remark that the present church, which is called the
Abbey, is identical to the original
founded 700 years ago. In the time of
Holy Trinity Parish
Church interior c.1900
Cromwell, it was unroofed and a portion of it destroyed. The building having been thus reduced almost to a
state of complete ruin remained in
that condition for nearly 170 years. In
1820 the ruin came back into the
hands of the rightful owners.
The Rev. Thomas Condon, then prior
of the order, obtained possession of the
Old Abbey from Mrs Lowe, a widow,
whose husband had given her a life
interest in the property, with a reversion
to his nephew, a Mr William Lathans,
who, having got possession after Mrs
Lowe’s death, sanctioned the demise
to Fr. Condon. Nearly one-half of the
Abbey was roofed soon after, and was
again fitted for divine service. Thus
after an interrogation of nearly 300
years the Augustinian Friars were back
in business.
In the year 1860, a portion of the
Abbey ground that was confiscated
in the time of Henry VIII, was purchased by Rev Henry Allen, by
whose zeal pews were installed and
extra land secured.
History states that, “A large and
most commodious house stands
upon the ground, which also has
been included in the purchase. This
house is now the conventual residence of the community and is
decidedly the most respectable
house in the town.”
Long may the Augustinians remain
with us as harbingers of a brighter
day. вќѓ
NOTE: Historical facts taken from W.J.
Battersby’s Order of St. Augustine 1865.
Fr. Thomas C. Butler was with us for a time in
the nineteen seventies, his altogether charming
and fascinating book, “The Friars of Fethard
1305-1975”, is a whirlwind of anecdote and
things worth reading about, in fact a valuable
historical document by a very able historian.
Killusty Soccer Club
Killusty soccer team in the 1980s. Back L to R: Davy Williams, Donal Murphy,
Paddy Kenrick, Pat Phelan, Noel Sharpe, Frank Fogarty, Louis Coen.
Front L to R: Sean Aylward, Tom Halpin, Philip O'Connell, Eddie Sheehan,
Kevin Ryan and Joe Keane.
ven though we have no silverware to show for last season,
we would still consider it a fairly successful year for the club. In our 35th
year in domestic soccer, we were
once more back in the premier division of the Tipperary Southern and
District League. Team manager, Chris
Coen, assembled one of the
youngest panel of players in the history of the club and a third place finish in the league, behind winners
Clonmel Town and runners up St.
Michael's, was no mean achievement.
The highlight of our season, however, was reaching the final of the
Tipperary Cup, where we played St.
Michael's. The game itself put our
many supporters through the full
range of emotions; we went behind
to an early goal but played some
excellent soccer to equalise before
half time through captain Karl Maher.
The scores remained level after ninety minutes, and in extra time both
sides had chances to finish the game.
Unfortunately, it was with virtually
the last kick of the game that St.
Michael's scored the all-important
winner. This was heartbreaking for
our team, who had matched their
more illustrious opponents in every
sector of the game. We did receive
some consolation, as Colm Coen was
chosen �Man of the Match’.
Last season also saw Chris Coen
appointed as team manager for the
TS&DL Oscar Traynor Cup interleague team. Also on that panel were
Killusty players, Philly Croke, Ronan
Maher and Brian Coen.
We must take this opportunity to
thank all those who have supported
us, both vocally and monetarily,
especially the local businesses that
sponsored advertisement signs for
our pitch.
At our AGM this season, the following officers were elected: President,
Bob Maher; Chairman, Tony Shelly;
Secretary, Sarah Shelly; Treasurer,
Emma Fitzgerald; Team Manager,
Chris Coen; PRO, Kevin Ryan.
Committee members: Sean Aylward,
Louis Coen, Sharon O'Meara, Ronan
Maher, Colm Coen, Martin Coen and
Shay Coen. вќѓ
Killusty Soccer Team 2005. Back L to R: Cathal Hurley, Colm Coen, Aaron
Kelly, Aidan Fitzgerald, Ronan Maher, Philip Croke, Brian Coen, Michael
Quinlan, Michael Dillon, Chris Coen. Front L to R: Shay Coen holding mascots
Ben and Luke Coen, Philip Ryan, Tony Shelly, Jason Nevin, Shane Aylward
and Martin Coen.
Easter Monday 1830
e are happy to announce that
our appeal to the Magistrates
of Fethard, in regard to the hundreds of
Penny and Two-Penny summonses for
Church Rates, served on the poor of
that town and neighbourhood, was not
in vain; they absented themselves from
the Court House on the threatened
"day of wrath", and thus proved their
excerpt from Tipperary Free Press, 14th April 1930
contempt and abhorrence of the inhuman proceeding.
On Monday that fearless patriot
Councillor Ronayne passed through
this town on his way home from
Fethard where he was professionally
engaged to defend the people,
should the Magistrates enter into the
complaints above alluded to. вќѓ
Do You Remember 1970?
ow well does passing time
prove the fallibility of our
memories? Step back a few years in
our life and suddenly we realise that
we have forgotten things that we
should remember. How many of the
Newsletter readers, I wonder, can
recall the events of 1970? Hardly any,
I suppose, unless that year held special and particular memories for
them. Even those readers aged thirtyfive to forty will have no clear memory of that year. Though for those of us
who have well lost the bloom and
vigour of youth, it seems to be no
more than a step or two back in time.
Fethard Development Association
In 1970 the Fethard Development
by Michael O’Donnell
Association was active in the town
and at its general quarterly meeting
held in the ICA Hall on 10 March it set
in train a plan to hold a festival in
Fethard that was intended would run
from Sunday 28 June to Sunday 5
July. The festival would open with a
fancy dress parade (the very old will
recall the carnivals of the 1940s and
50's and the crowds that came into
Fethard from the surrounding towns
by train and bus on that great day). It
was planned that the parade would
march about the town and on to the
GAA field where there would be
amusements, sports and Irish dancing. For the duration of the week it
was planned to hold all sorts of festive events, ballad sessions in pubs,
tug-o-war, ladies football (still a nov-
Fethard Presentation Convent 1st Year Girls Class 1970. Back L to R: Vicky
Hurley, Catherine Harrington, Caroline Lonergan, Claire Walsh, Deirdre Smith,
Mary White, Joan Slattery, Madge McGrath, Lillian Gorey, Breda Tynan. Front
L to R: Sheila O’Flynn, Catherine Keane, Mary Ryan, Vera O’Donovan, Carmel
Kenny, Patricia Fogarty, Breda O’Shea, Rosemary Coffey and Helen Cummins.
Patrician Brothers 1st Year Boys Class in 1970. Back L to R: Roger Grant,
Jimmy Harrison, John Godfrey, Michael Ryan, Tommy Meehan, Paddy Maher,
Seamus Grant. Front L to R: Francis Murphy, Liam Cummins, Gerard �Bunty’
O’Connell, Michael Downes, Eddie McGrath, Pat Aylward and John Cooney.
elty if I remember alright), and a
gymkhana. On the Friday evening of
that week it was intended that the old
and famous Races of Kilnockin
would be held. Who remembers the
article on the Races which appeared
in the Irish Independent in the early
1950s and which was written by
Andrew Finn from Dualla, Cashel?
Today no vestige of that course
remains and even the stone-built
grandstand has been demolished. It
was intended that the Sunday of the
festival be dedicated to children and
to events in which they could actively participate.
But the Association was more than
a summer festival. Its members
worked actively at making the town
attractive to visitors and at Christmas
time. It caused an illuminated tree to
be erected on The Square in the
Christmas of 1969 and had a Santa
Claus to switch on the lights.
Local Committees
The Association was but one of the
organisations in the town. Fethard
has always been well served by wellrun committees and bodies that
work strenuously for the good of the
town. A friend of mine, a stranger to
Fethard, once commented on the
number of well-conducted committees that are to be found in the town.
My answer to him was that Fethard
has had local government organisation since the middle of the sixteenth
century and so committee work is
bred in the blood of the locals. And
in 1970 Fethard had many such com67
mittees, but these were, and are,
ongoing and so, for better or worse, I
have cast my eye away from them. In
no way, by doing so, do I mean to
decry their value or the good that
they do, rather it is because most of
them are still with us and known to
all readers of this newsletter.
The Catholic Churches
In 1970 an organisation was still
very important in the lives of the people which today, sadly, has lost so
much of its value that us old people
stand back almost in shock. Here I
write of the Catholic Church which
thirty-five years ago still held first
place in the lives of the people and
had not yet been buffeted and shaken by materialism and scandals.
At Christmas midnight masses
were still being offered and in the
report on 1969 the attendance was so
large that it was noted in the local
news report. The Christmas crib in
the Abbey church, always a great
attraction locally, was featured on the
8pm and 10pm news bulletins on
RTE on Christmas night.
The Catholic Church in Ireland was
still a fundamental, active and vibrant
body in the nation, a body that was
still renewing itself in the early postVatican II years. The terrible years of
decline and debasement still lay
ahead. In The Nationalist of 25 July
1970 a lovely photo of the renovated
altar in the Augustinian friary was
published. The altar, which had been
a gift of the Mockler family of Fethard
in 1889, had been re-positioned to
comply with the terms of the Vatican
II directives. While doing so the friars
had arranged to have mirrors placed
in Our Lady’s side-chapel so that the
congregation there could easily follow the celebration at the main altar.
The new sanctuary was designed by
Messrs. J.C. Thompson and Partners,
architects, of Limerick, and the work
was carried to completion by Jerry
Ryan, monumental sculptor, of
Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipp. The mosaic in
the sanctuary was purchased from
Irish Mosaics Ltd., Roscommon, and
the carpeting from John Ryan, The
Carpet House, Clonmel. Various
other altar furnishings were obtained
from William Egan and Sons, Patrick
St., Cork. The electrical work and
new heating were installed by Frank
O'Connell and Son, Burke St.,
Fethard. At this time the many trees
that darkened the church and the
surrounds were removed. On the
completion of the work of renewal
the late Dr. Thomas Morris,
Archbishop of Cashel, celebrated
mass in the Abbey Church on
Sunday 30 August assisted by the late
Canon Christopher Lee, then parish
priest in Fethard, and Fr. Anthony
Leddin, Father Prior in the Abbey.
The parish church in Fethard had
had its fabric renewed in 1969 and
the altar positioned to face the congregation to comply with the recent
liturgical decrees. This work, which
displayed taste of a high order, was
undertaken by the late Canon Lee
who also wrote and published a first-
Canon Lee welcoming three Archbishops: Dr Thomas Morris of Cashel, Dr
Patrick O'Donnell of Brisbane and Dr. Patrick Dalton of Lagos, Nigeria, for the
consecration of the renewed parish church on Friday 31 May 1969
Consecration of Holy Trinity Parish
Church on Friday 31 May 1969
rate booklet (and still a model for
others who would follow him) on the
church. A booklet that is still a musthave for Fethard people. The consecration of the renewed parish church
was held on Friday 31 May 1969 and
the Mass of Dedication was attended
by three Archbishops: Dr Thomas
Morris of Cashel, Dr Patrick
O'Donnell of Brisbane and Dr. Patrick
Dalton of Lagos, Nigeria.
The parish church bell, which had
been silenced for repairs for some
months, was again tolling its messages from the end of August 1970.
The bell had been cast in Dublin in
1879 by J. Murphy, Iron Founders.
The Slievenamon Cross
In 1970 great numbers of people
were making the annual climb to the
Holy Year (1950) cross on the slopes of
Slievenamon, which was held on 15
August. All participants were expected
to assemble at Boolagh Bridge at
2.30pm on the day. Unfortunately, the
climb in 1970 was anything but pleasant as heavy rain fell all day. Despite
such conditions a large crowd turned
out and were led by Father Kennedy,
then a curate in Fethard.
The Legion of Mary
As well as producing the annual
newsletter, which has proved to be
such a treasure to so many Fethard
people in so many places about the
world, the local Legion of Mary
group joined with their brothers and
sisters in Killenaule to hold an emigrant reunion. And thirty-five years
later such reunions are still taking
place. In 1970 the united group went
to London to meet with Fethard and
Killenaule people living and working
in England. It is worth recalling that
even in 1970 it was not so convenient
to get home to Ireland and certainly
not like today when people can commute by plane on a daily basis. The
reunion was held in the Knights of St.
Columbus Club, in Holland Park,
London, on 22 May and photos of the
happy groups appeared in The
Nationalist of 30 May. Canon
Christopher Lee of Fethard and
Canon William Hogan of Killenaule
(a priest who served as a long-time
curate in Fethard) travelled out with
the Legion.
Past Pupils Reunion
Fethard has had a long association
with the Patrician Brothers as educators. From the late nineteenth century
they had provided junior level education to the children from town and
country and from the 1940s onwards
had educated second level students.
The good work of the Brothers has
been suitably recorded in a fine booklet written by Mr Jimmy McInerney of
Fethard as has the debt owed to the
Brothers by the men of Fethard who
passed through their hands.
The booklet, published by Fethard
Historical Society in 1997, was one of
the consequences of a provisional
committee meeting, which was held
First elected committee of Fethard Patrician Brothers’ Past Pupils’ Union.
Back L to R: Michael O’Sullivan, Hugh Walsh, Michael McCarthy, Tony Hanrahan,
Jack Kenrick, Percy O’Flynn, Joe Hayes, Tommy Carey, Dick Fitzgerald. Front L to R:
Paddy McCormack,Bro Stephen Delaney, Denis Hayes (President), John Whyte
(Treasurer), Timmy O’Connor (Secretary) and Bro Luke Moroney.
on Friday 20 February 1970 to form a
Patrician Brothers’ Past Pupils’
Union. Those who gathered for that
first meeting had in mind that the
centenary of the coming of the
Brothers to Fethard would fall due in
1973. To further the aims of this early
gathering a general meeting was held
on 10 April. A committee and officers
were nominated at this latter meeting
and their photo appeared in The
Nationalist of 18 April. The first social
event of the new union was an inaugural dinner held in Hearns Hotel,
Clonmel, on the night of Friday 29
May. On that occasion, a lovely meal
was provided to a large attendance,
which was followed by a dance.
The Credit Union
On a Wednesday night in March of
1970 a number of men met together
(possibly notified by word-of-mouth)
to form in Fethard a branch of the
Credit Union of Ireland. A most worthy undertaking and an organisation
which has in the past, both in
Fethard and nation-wide, benefited
people with its cheap loans and easy
repayment terms. In 1970, it should
be remembered, it was next to
impossible for a working man or
woman to obtain a loan from a bank
and if they were successful the interest rate stood at about 18 per cent. If
you had a job the Credit Union gave
you a far more sympathetic hearing
and charged you 12 per cent. Today,
in an age of cheap and easily
obtained money, it is difficult to find
the words to describe the great benefits provided by a branch of the
Credit Union thirty and more years
ago. For those with an interest in history the Credit Union was not the first
provider of cheap money in Fethard.
In the first three decades of the 1800s
a Loan Society had been organised
in the town, which gave out money
(to those who were in a position to
repay) at a rate of 6d. in the ВЈ1 a year.
In its day it conferred great benefits
on the people of Fethard.
By May 1970, then, a branch of the
Credit Union had been formed in
Fethard and business commenced in
the Town Hall on Saturday 9 May. The
opening hours were from 7.30 to 9.00
in the evening, and in the beginning
was open only on Saturday nights. By
the end of May the branch had 100
Fethard Railway Station
While new institutions were opening into life an old one that had done
great good to the town was closing.
With the benefit of hindsight we can
see what a great loss to both Fethard
and Clonmel was the scrapping of
the railway line that ran from
Clonmel to Thurles through Fethard
Founder members of Fethard Credit Union in 1970 Back L. to R. : Dr. G. Maher,
Dick Gorey, Jim Ryan, Front: Bill Mulligan, Fr. Kennedy, Jimmy Connolly and
Sean Henehan. The photograph was taken, coincidentally, in the premises
now owned by the Credit Union.
Fethard Railway Station House in 1970
and Laffan's Bridge in the early 1960s.
Those of us who availed of its services will recall it with affection. In the
issue of The Nationalist of 1 August
the paper's photographer, Donal
Wylde, published a witty and excellent series of photos on the railway
station that had then become a private house. So sad to see two lines of
washing hanging to dry across what
were once actively used railway
lines; rail lines that were taken up in
1970. What, I wonder, was the fate of
the name-boards ("Fethard" in large
letters) that stood on each side of the
railway station?
By the beginning of September 1970
the iron rails had been taken up from
Thurles to as far south as Knockinglass.
And the real end of the Fethard Railway
came when an advertisement
appeared in The Nationalist of 17
October noting that 1,100 used wooden
railway sleepers would be sold at
Fethard railway goods yard on Tuesday
27 October. All that now remains are
some well-constructed houses and
sheds and a well-built embankment
heading north.
A Flying Club
Old age transport was disappearing, but new age transport did touch
Fethard. In September/October 1970
a grass airstrip to handle light aircraft
was being developed at Coolbawn
Cross on the lands of Mr Michael
Smyth. By the end of the latter month
the strip was safely handling light air-
craft and some helicopters were
using the facility. At the same time
flying instructions in a Beagle-Terrier
3-seater light aircraft were being
offered over the months ahead on
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The Street Singer
The rambling singer who sang his
songs about the streets of a town and
then sold his ballad sheets was a
commonplace in the Ireland of long
ago. But when one appeared in
Fethard on a Sunday in September
his efforts caused many to gaze in
wonder and others to walk by him
indifferently. Michael McGrath had
walked over from Cashel where he
had sung about the streets; and when
he was finished in Fethard he wandered on to God knows where.
Nowadays a street singer can hardly
be heard above the roar of motor traffic on any street in the country; sadly,
our town centres have been invaded
by motor-cars and there is no longer
any place for older and gentler
things. A Frank Harte cannot compete with the noise and fumes of a
diesel engine. Nearby Kilkenny is the
only place, and then only in its
medieval alleyways, where a singer
or 'busker' can perform or be heard.
Fethard Youth Club
But the people of Fethard did provide entertainment in other ways and
especially for the young people of
the town. A club to provide activities
for the young was very active in
Fethard in 1970. Despite the Asian 'flu
then raging in the town and a bout of
severe frost, the club got down to
business from the opening days of
January. The club-house was
reopened and the officers were busy
mapping a cross-country running
course at Redcity by clearing dykes
and ditches of weeds and briars. A
cross-country event was planned for
Sunday 11 January. Before that the
club had fielded a team which participated in athletics at Solohead in
west Tipperary. And in February the
club was planning a dance, which
would help to raise funds and also
provide entertainment. I'm not certain if they held this dance, but they
certainly had a very successful one,
which was held, in the Capitol
Ballroom in May.
So, as the year began, the club was
already on its feet and running. On
Sunday 15 February the local team
travelled to Kilgarvin in Co. Kerry to
compete in a Munster under-sixteen
championship game, but were, unfortunately, beaten into third place. And
on 1 March Fethard itself was the
venue for the athletic county championships. The local team for that day
consisted of Michael Kenrick,
Thomas McCarthy, Eddie Nevin,
Tony Hanrahan, Davy Morrissey and
Noel Sharpe. On that day a young
Killusty man, Mick Prout, ended the
event by winning fourteen of the forty
prizes on offer, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Bill Prout,
who was in his day a noted athlete
Fethard Carnival 1970
and cross-country runner. The club
'lined out' at Dundrum on 2 March,
which was the final venue of the winter season.
And, as it had done over so many
decades, the local GAA club supported and actively encouraged young
players and potential players and
provided a venue where even casual
players of football and hurling could
Other Sports
Today when we think on horses in
Fethard the two names that instantly
spring to mind are John Magnier and
Coolmore and the vast landholding
here and abroad that both can lay
claim to. But in 1970 Coolmore was a
very different place. A stud farm and
training centre for horses did exist
there. The house and lands had been
purchased in the 1950s by Major
Ashmead Vigors. When he retired,
the Major, who died in November
1969 aged 86 years, passed the concern to his son Tim who continued
the horse business and enjoyed a
modicum of success. But Tim Vigors
never had the high profile of the
present owner.
Another horse business that had
long associations with Fethard was
the Tipperary Foxhounds which, in
1970, was still active and virile under
its then master, Captain Evan
Williams. In the winter season of
1969/70 it hunted in such places as
Kedrah near Cahir, Ballinahinch near
Cashel, Ardfinnan, Ballingarry,
Ballynonty, Tullamaine, Lismolin,
Fethard, and Drombane -- a broad
sweep of south and central
Tipperary. And keeping with an old
tradition its opening meet was held
in Fethard, the event commemorated
in a fine photo showing Micky
Flanagan and Captain Williams and a
collection of dogs moving under the
arch at Sparagoleith.
The more widely-based sport of
hunting on foot with dogs was also
popular in Fethard in 1970. On about
two Sundays in each month the
Barrettstown Harriers held a chase at
such places as Redcity, Coolmoyne,
Kilnockin, Silverfort, and Killerk.
Hunting on foot (only for the young
and fit) is part of our heritage and
still has a place in the lives of many.
Health and Social Services
But healthy activity and outdoor
pursuits could not always keep sickness at bay. Throughout the winter of
1969/70 the people of Fethard suffered greatly from an outbreak of
Asian 'flu. It was so prevalent, we are
told, that the local medical officers
could hardly cope with the demands
of sick people, and the opening of
the local schools after the Christmas
holiday was put back to 19 January.
Something, no doubt, that was greatly appreciated by any kids who were
free of the virus.
Fethard in that year of 1970 had a
number of voluntary social services.
Two of them were the St. Brigid's
clothing society and the Meals-on77
Wheels service (a service that delivers a hot midday meal to men or
women living alone). Early in the
year the latter held a sale and collection, which brought in ВЈ250 (a good
sum in those days), which allowed
this excellent service to continue its
work for a further period. The
Clonmel Lions Club also weighed in
with help. Local man, Mr Louis
Ronan, who was a vice-president of the
Lions, presented part of the money that
had been collected at a Lions Club race
night held in the Hotel Minella,
Clonmel. And the same Lions Club
planned a big charity walk on 3 May to
further help the Meals-on-Wheels. What
was planned, and it did take place, was
a walk that would begin at The Square
at 2pm and from there the walkers
would travel by Grove, Killusty and
Cloneen, to finish back at The Square.
The one constant in the lives of people, be they living in Fethard or in any
place about the world, is death. As in
every other year, 1970 had its share of
people whose time had come. A full list
of all those who died in that year can
be read in the Fethard Newsletter of
1970, which was published by the local
branch of the Legion of Mary. Those
whose names I have recorded below
are but a small part of that list and I
have chosen them above others only
because in a small way my path
crossed with theirs or I knew them in a
distant way.
Shortly before the New Year
opened two men died who deserved
not to be forgotten in their native
Killusty and Fethard. Bill Prout of
Killusty died on Saturday 11 October
1969 at the residence of his daughter
in Dublin. Bill in his younger days
was an outstanding cross-country
runner at distances of one mile to ten
miles. He was truly described as an
'iron man'. Very often Bill cycled to a
sporting event (even one thirty or
more miles distant), participated,
won several events, and then cycled
home that evening. This would have
been on a Sunday. And on Monday
morning he would turn out for work
to deliver his postal route on a bicycle. In his time the working week for
postmen was six days. Even up to the
mid 1950s Bill regularly cycled to
Dublin on a Sunday to visit his
daughter and cycled home on the
same day. He is buried in Killusty
cemetery at the foot of beautiful
Another who died as 1969 came to
a close was Tommy Hogan of Main
St., Fethard. He passed away on
Tuesday 7 October 1969. Tommy was
a prominent and talented member of
the GAA both in Fethard and at county level. It should not be forgotten
that he was one of the players on the
re-constituted 1921 Bloody Sunday
Tipperary football team that replayed
its game against Dublin. Later in life
Fethard football became Tommy's
full life. His working life was spent as
an assistant in John Scully's store on
the Main St., and his sister was married to Mr Scully. He was buried in
Jack O’Shea’s bar and electrical shop in the late 1960s
Staff at Jack O’Shea’s L to R: Paddy Tynan, Joe Fenton, Jack O’Shea
and Willie Stapleton.
Calvary cemetery on the Kilnockin
Road; and he was honoured at the
following meeting of the GAA County
In that year of 1970 a Fethard
woman had the rare honour of having her funeral Mass celebrated in
the Augustinian Abbey church. This
was Mary Halley from the Kilnockin
Road who had been housekeeper to
the Augustinian priests for so long
that she was considered to be one of
their own. She collapsed suddenly
on Easter Sunday morning while
working in the Abbey kitchen and
died that same night. She was a
quiet, unassuming and gentle woman
who devoted herself selflessly to the
welfare of the friars; in her dying they
felt as if they had lost a mother.
Another with long associations
with the Abbey was Margaret Kenrick
of Burke St., who died on 11 May in
her 94th year. She was accorded the
honour of being buried in the Abbey
cemetery because she had served as
organist to the Abbey Church for
nigh on half a century. Among her
children was Jack who will be
remembered by most of the older
readers of this newsletter since it is
most likely that he cut their hair. At
one time he was the only barber in
Fethard. Another of her sons was
Father Ted Kenrick, OSA, who was
parish priest at Gordondale (about
15 miles south of Cairns) in northeast Queensland, Australia. Father
Ted died at the young age of twentynine. Incidentally, Mrs Kenrick's
grandson is the present editor of this
Gus McCarthy of Main St. died on
Saturday 2 May. He played football
for Fethard and for his county and
was counted one of the great players
of his day. He was, it is worthy of
note, one of the Tipperary team that
'togged' out to play on that well
remembered Bloody Sunday 1921 in
Croke Park. He was also an amateur
jockey and rode a number of winners
in his day, as did his brother Dick of
Burke St.
Another well-known figure that
died in 1970 was Jim Stapleton of
Burke St. Jim, a man of many parts
and all of them for the benefit of
Fethard, died unexpectedly on 11
August. In his younger days Jim had
been elected to represent the town
on the long-gone Fethard Town
Commissioners, and he also fought
in the Irish War of Independence. He
was an active member of the Fethard
Dramatic Society. From at least the
early 1940s onwards he served as
secretary to the local Old Age
Pensions committee (an organisation
that is also long gone). Jim lies
buried in Calvary cemetery.
In the long ago every farmer who
took milk to the creamery in Fethard
knew him. He was Tim Tierney who
died on Saturday 3 October. Tim was
described as one of Fethard's leading
personalities and indeed he was. In
his forty-year working life he served
as manager of the Coolmoyne and
Fethard Co-operative Creamery in its
branches at Cloran, Killerk,
Coolmoyne and finally Fethard. But
Jane Ponsonby on �Butterbox’ at the Killusty Pony Show 1970.
Tim was more than that. In his day he
was one of the leading civic and
social workers in the town and
served as an officer on such organisations as the St. Vincent de Paul
Society, Fethard GAA Club, Fethard
Pioneer Association, the Fethard
Carnival Committee, and he was
what today would be called a Friend
of the Abbey. Indeed, he was always
available, in season and out of season, to help any club or society that
would benefit the people of Fethard.
He even found time to be a rent and
water-rate collector for South
Tipperary County Council. A man of
boundless energy and yet always
courteous and with a wonderful
sense of humour. In his young days
Tim had served as a lieutenant with
the 2nd Battalion of the Cashel
Company of the 3rd Tipperary
Brigade in the War of Independence.
And he served terms as a prisoner
for his republican views in Limerick,
The Curragh, and Spike Island in
Cork harbour. It was but fitting that
his coffin was draped with the Irish
tricolour and that a firing-party from
the military barracks in Clonmel
attended at his graveside.
As the year 1970 drew to its close a
long-time resident of Fethard died.
Doctor Patrick J. Stokes, the medical
officer for Fethard and coroner for
south Tipperary, passed away at his
residence at Main St. on Thursday 26
October. Dr. Stokes had given his
working life in Fethard where he was
seen as a native, though he was born
near Clonmel. He was educated at
Rockwell and Blackrock Colleges
and later at the National University in
Dublin. His early medical training
was spent in St. Vincent's Hospital,
Dublin. He qualified in medicine in
1917 and practiced for some years in
various Dublin hospitals. In the early
1920s he came to Fethard where he
set up a practice and where he was
to dedicate the remainder of his life
to the well-being of the people of
Fethard. For two or three generations
he was the doctor: year after year he
healed our wounds, he cured our
diseases, and put us once again on
our feet. His peers, writing at the time
of his death, recalled his extensive
practice, the trust his patients placed
in him, his technical skills, and the
excellence of his judgement. The
same peers recalled the coolness of
his courage and the lack of panic in
critical medical situations.
But Dr. Stokes had another life outside of medicine. In his younger days
he was a noted athlete especially in
rugby in which game he was capped
for Ireland on twelve occasions
between 1913 and 1922. He was also a
successful farmer and served as vicepresident of the Clonmel Horse Show.
But throughout his life his primary
and abiding interest was his profession. And it was here that his abilities
shone out. Abilities that he offered in
equal measure to rich and poor alike.
He was buried in the cemetery that
lies about the parish church; and his
wife died a few months after him.
A Fethard-born man was buried on
St. Stephen's Day in the Augustinian
cemetery in Cork city. This was Father
John Bernard O'Flynn, OSA, a member of the Augustinian community in
Washington St., Cork. He was son of
Paddy O'Flynn, Burke St., where the
latter had a tailoring business. Father
John received his early education
from the Patrician Brothers in Fethard
and the Augustinian College in
Dungarvan. He joined the Augustinian
Order in 1928 aged 16 years. He then
went on to further education at
University College, Dublin, and the
Gregorian University in Rome.
He was ordained a priest in 1935,
following which he returned to
Ireland where he served with the
communities at Dublin, Limerick and
Cork for some years. He then moved
back to Rome where, for five years,
he was Rector of the Augustinian
College in that city. And he remained
on in Rome until 1960. The author of
these notes recalls having him pointed out as he passed in a small Fiat
car along the streets of Rome. Rome
seems to have been his city and it
often called him back, but death
came to him in Cork after a short illness and at the age of fifty-nine years
The above, then, were some of the
people who died in 1970. Like all of
us they are worthy of being remembered; and were people, as I noted
above, that I would have known in
one small way or another. вќѓ
Fethard ICA Guild
ethard ICA guild is still going well.
We have 32 members this year
and meetings are held on the 2nd
Tuesday of every month at 8 pm in our
own ICA hall on Rocklow Road.
We have speakers at all meetings and
these speakers make the night interesting and informative. We rent our hall to
local groups such as IFA, Glanbia,
Speech and Drama class and yoga
class. This generates a little income to
help us with the running costs of the
This year again we held our
Christmas Party on 10th December in
our hall. We had a hot four-course
meal. Catering was by Sophie
O'Connor and her staff.
On 13th April we took part in an Arts,
Crafts and Produce day run by South
Tipperary Federation. Many of our
members participated and we had
great results as we won two perpetual
cups. We got the overall guild award so
there is much talent in this guild.
Our summer outing was on 16th
June. We left Fethard at 9.30 am and
headed on to the National Stud
where we first had morning coffee
and then a guided tour of the beautiful farm, the Japanese gardens and
St. Fiachrai garden. We headed on to
the Butterfly Farm in Straffan, Co.
Kildare and we also got a trip
through the famous K Club in
Straffan. We had our evening meal in
The Montague Hotel, Portlaoise.
Once again we had another enjoyable day out.
We then had our summer recess and
This group was photographed in the 1950's in Holohan's Pub in Burke Street. L
to R: Paddy Ryan, Kerry Street; Dan & Mae Mullins, Knockbrack; Denis and
Nora O'Meara, Knockbrack.
started back again in September with a
talk by Bridie Withero from Tipperary,
on the "Power of Flowers in your
Home". The officers who were elected
last year are still in place and they are:
President: Nuala Delaney, Vice
President: Sheila O'Donnell, Secretary:
Anne Gleeson, and Treasurer: Anne
New members are always very welcome to join our Guild.
We wish all who read this article a
very Happy Christmas and best wishes
for the year ahead. вќѓ
Houselessness or homelessness
by Alice Leahy
Alice Leahy, Annsgift, Fethard, is Director of TRUST, which she co-founded in
1975, and which is a non-judgmental, befriending, social and health service for
people who are homeless. Alice was recently awarded an honourary doctorate
from UCD and was also named Tipperary Person of the Year for 2004. She also
lectures widely to specialist groups and has directly contributed to public policy as a member of various policy bodies. Alice gives us a glimpse of her wonderful work in the following article.
have met people from all over Ireland
e are reminded daily in our
and beyond. We see new people
work in Trust how much we
daily and often have people calling
all take for granted, not least the
who were housed – settled – and
sense of home and place. Trust will
become homeless again. Re-settlebe 30 years in existence this year and
ment is now seen as the
I still meet people I met
solution to homelessover 30 years ago, then,
ness. A word much
as now, labelled homeused but rarely defined.
We meet people
The philosophy of
whose bodies are ravTrust is based on two
aged by disease and viocentral principles. The
lence, who may have
recognition of every
pressure sores from
individual’s right to be
sleeping out in all
weathers, because they
may have been sleeping
unique human being,
in urine soaked clothes
and the need to restore
for weeks. They can
the dignity of individuhave
als whom society has
Alice Leahy
untreated minor skin conditions and
labelled deviant and undesirable.
major skin problems, e.g. leg ulcers.
Up to 60 men and women call each
morning, the majority of whom are
They may suffer from medical condisleeping out (aged 18 to 85). We
tions common to the general public
but exacerbated by their living conditions such as lice infected heads, scabies and malnutrition.
We regularly come into contact
with men and women who have
been abused mentally and physically, some may even be working in
prostitution. We see people who
have been institutionalised in psychiatric hospitals and prisons many for
years, who are now relocated from
one institution to another (hostels) in
the name of progress with insufficient
support services to meet their needs.
Some of these people have even
found themselves to be inappropriately labelled “mentally ill”.
These people, our friends, often
struggle with guilt because they have
left loved ones behind. Partners who
have suffered for so long, children
who are in care, parents who have
died with whom they were unable to
say goodbye. Drugs often dull the
pain of living. Alcohol, gambling, illegal drugs, and prescribed drugs all
play a part. Many people we meet
have attempted suicide and some,
sadly, succeeded. Some people we
meet, in spite of unthinkable pain
and misery, never complain, never
ask for anything, accept their lot and
leave us feeling challenged and
We live in a market-driven society
that sees only the loud and impressive actions. The little things done
are usually seen as being irrelevant.
Services are also driven by market
forces. In Trust every morning we
meet men and women, who come
simply for a wash or change of
clothes to make them feel that they
are part of society and have a sense
Photographed at the presentation of prizes at the Trust Classic on 17th
September 2005 at Slievenamon Golf Club, L to R: Anne Moloney, Frank
Purcell, Dr. Carmel Condon, Alice Leahy, Tony McGarry and Mattie Tynan.
Over 30's Killusty soccer team who beat an under-30 selection 5-4 in a charity
game played on 30th January 2005 in aid of TRUST. Back L to R: Kevin Ryan,
Michael Quinlan, Brendan Brett, Gerry Murphy, Johnny McEvoy, Willie
O'Meara, Chris Coen, Shay Coen, David Lawton. Front L to R: Martin Coen,
Jimmy O'Meara, Tony Shelly, Tom Halpin, Willie Morrissey and Eugene Walsh.
of worth. The inter-action can have a
far more impressive outcome than
many realise and proves that success
cannot be measured in the language
of consumerism.
Washing facilities are available and
each month we give clothes to
approximately 500 people who are
homeless (members of the public
including Rotary, church groups,
members of the business community
and others, donate the clothes and
shoes). We refer people to the relevant health services and help them
to avail of them and encourage services to look beyond the label of
We attempt as best we can to meet
people as they are, listen and do
what we can as fellow human beings
– it’s not easy. Sometimes the people
we meet are listened to only when
they are being researched - that is
why we have grave reservations
about the quality and quantity of
research currently taking place. At
times it appears to us in Trust that
people must trade personal information to get a service.
Since Trust was founded our country has changed dramatically, our
currency changed twice, our way of
life has changed, our expectations
have changed, but the human condition remains the same – we all need
to be wanted, loved and belong to
People wonder why there is still a
problem with homelessness when vast
sums of money have been spent on
research, accommodation, consultants
and expert groups, many based on
models of “best practice” from abroad
– this being one of the buzz words in
the litany of jargon that helps to distance us from human beings not only
in the field of homelessness.
We fail to accept the difference
between houselessness and homelessness – accepting this difference
would go a long way towards creating some understanding of the complexities of the human condition and
how easy it is to become an outsider.
John, in his late 70s, from the West
of Ireland, lived in hostels and slept
rough when I first met him years ago.
He worked hard in England for years,
his social life evolved around his
church, his local pub and the people
he met at work and in his digs. He
never married; he returned to
Ireland, a changed place from his
youth. He had returned from time to
time for family funerals if he could be
This summer he called in one
morning having slept rough again. I
hadn’t seen him for years; he was
delighted to see a familiar face. He
told me he was living in the west
looking after a few horses on “commonage” – “You’d understand”, he
said, “you’re from the country.”
“What in God’s name are you doing
up here?” I said. “The city has
changed, it’s noisy, it’s violent, it’s not
as it was when you slept rough
before.” His eyes filled up – “But why
am I not happy there?” He told me he
had backed a horse, won a lot of
money, got drunk, got the train,
could not get a bed in a hostel, slept
under a bush in Phoenix Park and a
night in a doorway. A garda student
who had been on placement with us
met him – they talked about football
and hurling. Next morning he called
to Trust. A bath, change of clothes, a
phone call to a relative and he left for
the west.
To try and create a greater understanding of how easy it is to become
an outsider we have undertaken a
number of projects all aimed at
effecting change through awareness
and all based on our experience.
These include:
* A one day Training Day on “The
Homeless Experience”:
* A video documentary “A Fragile
City” made by Esperanza
Productions on Trust which
was shown on RTE and distributed to all schools as part of
our educational projects.
* National Essay Competition for
Transition Year Students 2001.
* National Art Competition for all
second level students on theme
of “The Outsider” 2002.
“With Trust in Place”, published at
the end of 2003 by Townhouse, now
available from Trust (€10 including
postage), had 40 contributors including Judge Michael Moriarty, Christy
Moore and Tony Gill, a man who was
homeless, who died last year, and
who is buried in the Trust plot in
Glasnevin. Mervyn Colville, a neighbour in Annsgift, was instrumental in
Trust getting a plot from the committee in Glasnevin Cemetery.
We have a further project on
stream for November this year.
Please check our website which is updated regularly.
We greatly acknowledge the special support from so many from my
home place in Fethard, especially
from all involved in the Golf Classic,
now in its third year and organised
by Frank Purcell and Vincent Murphy
in Slievenamon Golf Club. We greatly appreciate the coverage we get
from our local papers – The
Nationalist, South Tipp Today and
even those in the north riding –
Tipperary Star and Nenagh Guardian
and local radio, Tipp FM. Even
though based in Dublin, Trust is firmly rooted in Tipperary. вќѓ
Fethard & Killusty Community Games
ommunity Games, now in its
33rd year in the Fethard and
Killusty area, enjoyed a successful
2005. Even though we strongly
emphasise the importance of participation, the goal of every young person is to make the magical trip to the
National Finals in Mosney, and since
I became involved in 1985, the area
has been represented at the National
Finals every year. This is a great
achievement for a small area.
This year was no exception.
Twenty competitors, representing
their county and province, along
with three managers, left for Mosney
on 19th August and returned with
three gold, two silver individual
medals, and bronze medals for the
girls’ under-16 volleyball team.
Judo competitors, Natalie Cahill,
Woodvale Walk, Padraig O’Shea, The
Valley and Cathal Gorey, Moanbeg,
won gold medals. Emma Walsh,
Main Street, and Samantha Feery,
Claremore, Killusty, won silver
Alice Feery was the judo team
manager. The competitors in this
sport are a model of consistency and
have never returned empty handed.
A very young girls’ volleyball team
consisting of: Carrie Sweeney (captain), Lisa Anglim, Sinead Coffey, Ida
Carroll, Mary Anne Keane, Debbie
Lawrence, GrГЎinne Horan, Chloe
Gough, Sarah Conway, Niamh
Fanning, Lesley Looby and Sarah
Hayes, won bronze medals against
Monaghan and were defeated by the
Graiguecullen, Co Carlow. However,
most of the team are young enough
to have another go next year. Team
managers were Denis Burke, Redcity,
and Fintan Rice, Brookhill. Other
competitors at Mosney were: ГЃine
Proudfoot, Strylea, Louis and Laura
Rice, Brookhill, all in the highly competitive art event. Bernard Feery and
Helena O’Shea acted as National
Photographed at the County Art & Model Making Finals held in Fethard
Ballroom on 2nd April 2005 are L to R: Katie O'Shea (Fethard), Faye Manton
(Fethard), Jane Holohan (Fethard) and ГЃine Proudfoot (Fethard).
Some nostalgic memories come to
mind: Carrie Sweeney’s mother,
Pamela, her aunt Marguerite Lawlor,
and Sarah Conway’s sisters, Mandy
and Jackie, all competed on the volleyball team in 1986. Áine Proudfoot’s
granny, Concepta Hurley, was area
treasurer at that time. Paul Fitzgerald,
Sladagh, now goalkeeper with the
Tipperary senior football team and
recipient of �Man of the Match Award’
in Tipperary’s recent victory over
Wexford in the final of the Tommy
Murphy Cup, also won a gold medal in
the �Long Puck’ in 1989.
The Community Games County
Board are currently compiling thirtyfive years of history of the games in
Tipperary and the names of Pat and
Richard Fallon and Pat McDonnell, all
from Main Street, came up in results
from the early seventies. Tommy
Butler, Coolanure, was heavily involved
at that time. Fethard has been well and
truly on the map from day one.
Back to the present — the boys’
under-15 volleyball team consisting
of James Kelly, Joseph Sheehan,
Kevin Hayes, Eoin O’Connell,
Thomas O’Connell, Ciaran Ryan,
Jonathan Fleming, Michael Costello
and Adrian Lawrence were County
Champions and were narrowly
defeated in the regional Munster
Competitors who qualified for the
County Athletics finals held in
Thurles Greyhound Stadium were:
Jack Gleeson, Coolmore; Alex
O’Donovan, Moanbeg;
Slievenamon Close; Conor Mackey,
Barrack Street; Kyle Walsh, Monroe;
James Harrington, Tinakelly; Kate
Quigley, Redcity; Hannah Tobin, St.
Patricks Place; David Heffernan,
Moanbeg; ГЃine Phelan, Coolmore;
Radika Jannacikova, Coolmore;
Fethard under-16 girls’ volleyball team who represented Tipperary at the
Community Games Munster Finals in Cork on July 9th. Back L to R: Sarah
Hayes, Debbie Lawrence, SineГЎd Coffey, Maryanne Keane, Lisa Anglim, Niamh
Fanning. Front L to R: Ida Carroll, Leslie Looby, Carrie Sweeney, Sarah
Conway, ChloГ© Gough and GrГЎinne Horan.
Louis Rice, Brookhill; Jenny Pyke,
Woodvale Walk; Nicole Looby, St.
Patrick’s Place; Evie O’Sullivan, Main
Street; Mary Jane Kearney, The
Slanestown; Owen Healy, The Green;
Laura Rice, Brookhill; Laura Mullins
Farranshea; Michael and Bernadette
Costello, Woodvale Walk.
Well done to Bernadette who won
a silver medal in the under/16, 1500m
In the local art competition the following children all qualified for the
county final which was held in
Fethard Ballroom:
Under/8: ГЃine Proudfoot, Alex
O’Donovan, Moanbeg; Cassandra
Needham, Woodvale Walk; Eoin
O’Donovan, The Valley.
Under/10: Jennifer Rice, Brookhill;
Donal Walsh, Killenaule Road; Aobh
O’Shea, The Valley; Charlie Manton,
Main Street.
Under/12: Faye Manton, Main
Street; Louis Rice, Jane Holohan,
Rocklow; Michael Smyth, Burke
Under/14: Laura Rice, Joseph
Thompson, Mockler’s Terrace; Katie
O’Shea, Woodvale Walk.
Model Making Under/10 Girls: Amy
Sweeney, The Valley. Under/14 Boys:
Gerry Horan, Tullamaine; Mark
Fogarty, Garrinch; with ГЃine, Louis
and Laura all qualifying for the
National Finals. Katie O’Shea won a
silver medal and Gerry Horan a
bronze medal both at the County
We had only two competitors in
Championships held in Nenagh:
Kevin Hayes, Redcity, who won a
bronze medal and Aobh O’Shea, The
Valley, who finished 4th.
In the team events, the under/11
rugby boys were defeated by Nenagh
in the County Final held in Fethard
Community Sportsfield, Killenaule
Road. Silver medallists were: Colin
Grant, Gavin Delaney, Kyle Walsh,
Donal Walsh, Dylan Fitzgerald, Philip
Maher, William Morgan, Jack
Devaney, Matthew Holohan, Russell
Casey, Kieran Walsh. Team manager
was Sean Devaney and referee was
Pat Walsh, Clerihan.
Other teams entered this year
were: Under/10 Mixed Football,
Under/12 Girls’ Football, Under/13
and Under/15 Boys’ Indoor Soccer
and Tag Rugby. Current committee
members are: Joe Keane, Bernard
Feery, Peggy Colville, Helena
O’Shea, Sean Devaney, Fintan Rice,
Denis Burke, Michael O’Dwyer. “Well
Done” to all who participated, congratulations to all our medal winners,
and thanks to everybody who helped
in any way. Indeed there are many
who continually support us,
We wish everybody a Holy and
Happy Christmas and look forward
to an exciting 2006. вќѓ
Fethard Under-11 mixed rugby team who were runners-up in the Community
Games County Final at Fethard Sportsfield. Back L to R: Kieran Walsh, William
Morgan, Russell Casey, Charlie Manton, Matthew Holohan, Donal Walsh. Front
L to R: Jack Devaney, Philip Maher, Dylan Fitzgerald, Colin Grant, Gavin
Delaney and Kyle Walsh.
Fethard Community Sportsfield
Helping on the ticket stall at the Benefit Dog Night on 5th March 2005 are
committee members L to R: Sean Devaney and Fintan Rice.
ethard Community Sportsfield
— a six-acre field leased from
Mr and Mrs Magnier Coolmore Stud
— situated on the Killenaule road is
now in great demand and used by
the following: Fethard Athletic Club,
Fethard and District Rugby Club,
Fethard Juvenile GAA, Ladies
Football Club, Badgers Soccer Club
— a club geared at non-competitive
soccer for the 30 plus age group —
founded by Colm McGrath, Philip
Furnell and Liam Harrington.
Membership is steadily growing and
Wednesday night. Fethard & Killusty
Community Games and various
other individuals use the field for
personal training.
Development during the year
included floodlighting of pitch, purchasing toilet units and extending the
car park. Two 40x8 foot containers
are still being used as dressing
rooms but hopefully proper facilities
will be erected in the future.
Fethard and District Rugby Club
host several matches at weekends in
addition to training on Tuesday and
Friday nights. There was an exciting
evening in the field last spring when
the Munster Rugby Team paid a visit
and signed autographs for their
many fans.
Finance for facilities
and maintenance of such a project is
always a problem. We secured a cap-
ital grant of €30,000 from the
Department of Arts, Sport and
Tourism, and a €15,000 amenities
grant from South Tipperary County
Council. We also held a �Benefit Dog
Race Night’ at Thurles Greyhound
Stadium in March, which generated a
further €30,000.
We really appreciated the local
community support for this venture
and also from the many other outside businesses and individuals.
Richard O’Connor, Cashel, donated a
greyhound bitch for auction at the
benefit night, which was purchased
by a local syndicate and is now in
training with David Flanagan in
Coolmoyne. Thanks to Eugene
Cooney for publicity in Greyhound
Press. Other items auctioned were
framed pictures of a signed Irish
Rugby Jersey, purchased by
McCarthy’s Hotel, a Munster Rugby
Jersey purchased by Clem Murphy,
Kilnockin, and a Rowing Jersey
signed by Steve Redgrave, purchased
by Paul Nugent, Clonmel. An additional feature of the benefit night was
the Buster Draw for €600 which was
won by the Morgan brothers, Joseph,
William, David, and Thomas, sons of
Tommy and Mary, Grangebeg,
The present committee are: Rev Fr.
Tom Breen P.P., Susanna Manton,
Gus Fitzgerald, Valerie Colville,
Fintan Rice, Sean Devaney, Jerome
Casey, Clem Murphy and Peggy
Colville. A finance committee was
also elected during the year and
comprises of: Bernard Feery, Michael
O’Dwyer, Audrey Conway, Colm
Photographed at the 'Race Night' held at Thurles Greyhound Track are L to R:
Thomas Neville, Colin O'Riordan, Michael O'Riordan and Johnny Neville.
Photographed at the 'Race Night' held at Thurles Greyhound Track are Back L
to R: Christy Grassick, Yvonne Blackmore, Jerome Casey. Front L to R: Andrea
Grassick, Heather Casey, Christian Casey and Russell Casey.
Photographed at the 'Race Night' held at Thurles Greyhound Track are L to R:
Greta O'Dwyer, Matt O'Dwyer and Marie Smyth.
Photographed at the Fethard Community Sportsfield 'Race Night' held at
Thurles Greyhound Track are L to R: Noelle O'Dwyer, Liam Harrington,
Theresa Harrington, Colm McGrath and Bridget Hayes.
McGrath, Philip Furnell, Aidan
Maher, Mary Trehy and Cora
Stapleton. This committee did great
work, and special thanks to Philip
Furnell who compiled the race card.
Thanks also to Primus Advertising, to
Marie McGrath, Rocklow Road, to Fr.
Tom Breen and Susanna Manton for
supplying a �home’ for meetings.
The committee wish to express sincere sympathy to Michael O’Dwyer,
Clonacody, on the recent death of his
wife, Noelle, and to all who suffered
bereavements during the year.
Wishing everyone a Holy and Happy
Christmas and Prosperous 2006. вќѓ
Arts award for Austy in the Abymill
number of people associated
with the Abymill Theatre and
the Fethard Players attended a surprise presentation to Austin O’Flynn
in the above-mentioned theatre on
Thursday 6th January.
The award presented was the Tipp
FM local radio monthly award in
recognition of an individual’s contribution to Arts and Entertainment in
County Tipperary.
Denis O’Sullivan, presenter of the
Arts programme on Tipp FM Radio,
made the presentation, in ambush
style, at the weekly bingo night in the
Abymill. The award marked Austy’s
thirty-five years of service to the arts
in Fethard, with the Fethard Players
and the huge variety of events staged
in the Abymill Theatre. вќѓ
School Matters!
received all my education
(Primary/Secondary) from the
Presentation Sisters and the Patrician
Brothers in Fethard (13 years in all)
and for the past 25 years I have been
involved in education in Fethard as a
teacher in the Patrician/Presentation
Secondary School. In this short article I hope to revive some memories
which some might be able to share.
I started in Junior Infants’ class in
the Presentation Convent in
September 1950. My first teacher was
Sr. Salian who, from my memory, was
a young and gentle nun. I heard later
that the order transferred her to
Australia where she taught for many
years. My 'minder' I think was
Patricia O'Halloran and I remember
she was very proud of me when I
won a race in the school field.
My one bad memory was when
MiceГЎl McCormack and I were
released at the gates at 2pm and we
proceeded to somehow climb the
wall of the bridge over the
Clashawley. As if this wasn't enough,
when we saw the horrified nuns
looking down from the convent and
offering prayers that we wouldn't fall
into the river, we proceeded to dangle our legs over the edge and pretended to jump. Next day our
beloved Sr. Salian sent us to Sr.
Theresia who reddened our hands
with light leather. I have never been
up on the parapet of that bridge
since then.
After two pleasant enough years
by Denis Burke
we were all escorted up the back
lane to the Boys’ Primary School.
Travelling up with me were Tom
O'Connell, Hugh O'Neill, Jimmy
O'Connor and Johnny Mullins
amongst others.
Our new teacher was the ageing
Brother Damian Early from Tyrone. I
remember him as being reasonably
pleasant and in the winter months he
used to have the job of making tea for
all the boys. We would get a mug of
tea in the green enamel mugs provided and it was very welcome in the
cold weather. We stayed with Brother
Damien for two years and went on to
3rd and 4th class in a different room
with Brother Bonaventure who was a
much younger man. I recall he was
very keen on Irish, often to the exclusion of other subjects.
However, older boys had assured
us that we were having it easy compared to what awaited us in the senior class (5th, & 6th) where Brother
Kieran Lawlor had been established
for many years with a reputation for
being extremely tough. Bro. Kieran
was a Kilkenny man and had collected most of the money which built the
Brothers’ residence on the Rocklow
Road — now Northgate Medical
Centre. Those who attended Bro.
Kieran will have their own stories to
tell and I hope not to exaggerate or
indeed minimise. Bro. Kieran did use
the leather and cane — but not as
often as I remember. I did get one
bad beating in 5th Class for forgetting
my catechism book. However, I
remember all of the class being gathered around the open fire - no central
heating then — and learning history
and religion without punishment.
During the winter we would while
away some time counting the number of beet trains which passed along
the nearby railway line on their way
to the factory in Thurles.
Two years went by and secondary
school loomed on the horizon. We
mostly looked forward to it because
of the shorter year and because we
heard that there was less of the
cane/leather and a change of teacher
every 40 minutes or so.
I made the short trip across to secondary school in 1958. There were
four teachers in the school: Brother
Albert Small, Brother Athanasius
Phelan and two lay teachers, Joe
Glynn from Galway and Timmy
O'Connor from Kerry. Joe Glynn
stayed only one year and was
replaced by John Meade and later by
Paddy Maher who stayed for many
Secondary school definitely was
far more interesting than primary. I
found that the lay teachers were
younger and more up-to-date than
the Brothers. They had also mostly
abandoned corporal punishment
and used a variety of more modern
methods. In particular they tended to
explain things better and were far
more patient.
Fethard Graduation Class June 1963 Back L to R: Philip Byrne, Willie
Harrington, Rick Flynn, Tom O'Connell, Michael Maher, Morgan Fergus, Jimmy
O'Neill. Front: Dick Lucey, Jim O'Mahoney (Killenaule), Liam Whyte, Paul
Raleigh (Glengoole), Patrick Purcell (Glengoole) and Hugh O'Neill. (Denis
Burke was also in this class)
Fethard Senior Football team, winners of the Tipperary Mans Cup 1968.
Back L to R: Liam O’Flaherty, Michael Sheehan, Denis Burke, Liam Connolly,
John Fitzgerald, Pat Byrne, Gus Danagher. Front L to R: Waltie Moloney, Gerry
Leahy, Pat Barrett, Cly Mullins, Davy Fitzgerald, Michael Holohan, Eamonn
Butler and Sean Moloney.
Timmy O'Connor taught me geography, commerce and Irish and he left a
lasting impression. His strong point
was his humane approach and his
complete clarity in teaching. Because
of this I can still understand why the
Mercator Net in geography maps
makes countries furthest from the
equator appear bigger than they are. I
still have a reasonable understanding
of double entry book-keeping and I
still remember the people who died
in a boat accident in the Irish poem,
'Anach Cuan' — because a pig put its
foot through the bottom of the boat.
Thank you Timmy!
Later Paddy Maher, a Tipperary
man, arrived teaching Latin and
English. Both subjects now began to
make much more sense through
being explained so clearly. He was
also able to talk to us on a friendly,
personal level treating us as young
adults. I believe this to have been a
terrific help in our education.
The legendary Brother Albert was
now in his declining years. Stories
about him were numerous and many
likely to inspire fear. However, I mostly found him to be quite okay, with
the odd exception — when you
messed up Latin sentences or the
translation of Caesar's Gallic Wars.
He also had a terrific love of Gaelic
games particularly hurling. This was
not surprising since he was from
Borrisoleigh and had actively promoted the GAA for many years in
Fethard. Many a clever student had
got out of a tight spot by raising the
topic of Tipperary hurling or any
GAA matter when the Latin sentences became too difficult.
The principal of the school was
Brother Athanasius Phelan. He was a
Galway man and had served several
stints in Fethard. In each one he
became more unpopular than the
last. It wasn't so much that he was
keen on corporal punishment but the
fact that he was sarcastic and insulting. He taught Irish and maths
through Irish — I remember none of
the theorems that he taught. Of all the
teachers who taught me, he was the
one I least liked and respected.
In my Leaving Cert year 1962/63 a
young Brother from County Meath,
Paulinus Brennan, joined the staff. A
strong GAA man he immediately
entered teams and for the first time
we got the chance to play for the
school. In football we lost our only
game to the High School from
Clonmel but our hurling team was to
last much longer - in fact, with a
string of victories over Mitchelstown,
Bandon and Adare, we reached a
Munster Final the following May. The
Dr. Kinnane Cup was fought out
between ourselves and Doon CBS over
two matches in Semple Stadium. The
drawn match was a real thriller but
luckily we won the replay fairly easily.
The Kinnane Cup champions were
Pat Barrett, John Joe Morrissey,
Austie Woodlock, Pierce Coady, Ger
Casey, Paul Raleigh, Denis Burke, Pa
Joe Purcell, Philip Byrne, Ger Leahy,
Willie Harrington, Davy Fitzgerald,
Pat Butler, Pierce Ryan, Jimmy
O'Connor, Willie Frewen and Tony
The games had taken up nearly all
of the school year and I will never
forget that year of hurling and the
friendships that it cemented.
I left Fethard School in 1963 and
after working for three years I went to
UCD. I started teaching in Dublin in
1969 in Drimnagh Castle, a large boys
secondary school, where I taught
until 1980. By then I had acquired a
wife and three young children. The
prospect of bringing up a family in
the city seemed less attractive than in
the freedom of the countryside, so
when the opportunity to return to
Fethard presented itself, I accepted
Sr. Cannel Daly's offer of a job and in
September 1980 I returned to my old
school teaching economics, history
and career guidance.
In seventeen years many changes
had occurred. The school was now
co-educational, there were many
female teachers (in my Dublin
school there were none), and in
addition the school was in two separate locations with much travelling
between monastery and convent. In
addition, corporal punishment, virtually gone in reality, was legally ended
in the early eighties.
Getting used to all these changes
took a long time but I became very
involved in the school football teams
and luckily it was a golden period. In
five years we won three Munster
Championships and players like
Fethard Patrician / Presentation under-14 camogie team 1992 which won the
Tipperary Schools under-14 A Championship. Fethard become the first holders
of the Kitty O’Flaherty trophy, generously presented by the O’Flaherty family of
Cahir in memory of their mother Kitty who was a leading camogie player and
organiser in the county for many years. Back L to R: Olivia Phelan, Shonagh
Coen, Ann Marie Kenny, Leanne Burke, Carmel O’Dwyer. Middle L to R:
Denis Burke (trainer), Ailish Sheehan, Gwen Cooke, Bernie Horan, Annette
McCarthy, Colm O’Flaherty (donor). Front L to R: Verona Holohan, Deirdre
O’Meara, Caroline Fitzgerald (capt.), Lisa McCormack, Leona Holohan.
Tommy Sheehan, Brian Burke, Willie
O'Meara, Chris Coen, John Hackett,
Liam Cronin, Davy Hogan, Tom
Anglim and others all went on to represent Tipperary in many grades.
The girls played a lot of volleyball
and regularly won All-Ireland honours. In the early nineties camogie
made an appearance and I was
delighted to find that training girls (a
first for me) was even preferable to
training boys’ football teams. Why
should this be so?
Camogie players tended to devote
more passion to their game whereas
the boys often seemed to take things
for granted. Fortunately, many other
teachers concentrated on the academic side and the exam results
down through the years have been
comparable to any school.
“Are young people more difficult
now to deal with than they were in
years gone by?” is the most common
question I am often asked. I often
hear it said that young people have
'gone to the dogs' nowadays. I
believe both of these to be totally
false. Without corporal punishment
classes are now conducted in a
much more humane and effective
manner, corporal punishment often
merely hid the inability of the person
using it.
Most young people are far more
confident and outgoing than when I
was growing up. Youngsters of 13/14
are now capable of conducting full
conversations with any adult whereas in my time we would have been
intimidated by having to do so. In the
many charity events which we organise in the school I see the huge voluntary effort put in by young people.
For all these reasons I feel very confident that the future will pass to
vibrant, confident and well-educated
young men and women with drive
and initiative.
It has been my great luck to have
been taught by some brilliant and
many very good teachers and my
good fortune to have taught a generation of pupils from the Fethard area.
Like all teachers I hope I have contributed in some small way to the
many successes of the young people
that I have taught or at the very least
that I have not hindered any of them
in any way. вќѓ
Staff members of Presentation Patrician Secondary School in 2005.
Back L to R: Michael O'Gorman, Michael Leonard, Deirdre Mullhall, Vincent
Doocey, Catriona McKeogh, Joan Walsh, Majella Whelan, Noel Maher, Ann
O'Donnell, Justin McGree. Mary Anne Fogarty, Denis Burke, Mary Lysaght, Dick
Prendergast, Gwen Cronan, Connie Sullivan. Front L to R: Marie Maher, Pat
Looby, Mary O'Sullivan, Ernan Britton (Principal), Marian Gilpin (VicePrincipal), Margaret Prendergast and Bernie O'Connor.
South Tipperary Irish Farmers Association
outh Tipperary IFA Executive
people who have already purchased
celebrated the 50th anniversary
copies. The following is an excerpt
of the founding of NFA/IFA this year
from the section of the book which
at a special function at Rockwell
deals with Fethard branch:
College. During the past year a comFethard branch was formed in May
mittee was working on compiling a
1955. The meeting was held in the
complete history
town hall. The
of these farm
area covered by
organisations in
the branch memsouth Tipperary. It
bership was much
was decided to
have a book writFethard
ten to mark the
There were 207
occasion. Willie
members in the
Hayes who is a
area at the time.
native of Fethard
The first chairman
was employed to
of the branch was
write the book.
John H. Delany,
Willie was born
was present at the
and was educated
meeting held on
by the Patrician
the previous 6th of
Brothers, primary
January in the
and secondary
schools. The minHotel in Dublin,
ister for agriculwhich launched
the organisation.
C o u g h l a n ,
The secretary of
the branch was
book which was
Paddy Morrissey,
"From Chatting about IFA matters c.1960s Cloran. The treaswere L to R: Tom O'Dea, Neddy Trehy,
Knocknagow To
urer was Michael
Philly O'Meara, J. H. Delany, Bat
Smith, Coolbawn.
O'Dea and Henry Quinn
event took place in
In 1962, Michael
Rockwell College on Friday 6th May.
Smith was elected vice chairman and
All IFA members got a special invitaEdmund Trehy, Kilnockin was electtion to the event and over one thoued as treasurer.
sand people turned up. The book
At the AGM held on March 10th
has been very well received by the
1962 Mr Con Murphy, PRO Irish Sugar
Company, gave a talk on the emerging common market to the members.
At the same meeting it was decided
to invite Mr W. Holohan of Dovea to
the next meeting to give a talk on calf
rearing and to ask Mr O’Grady to talk
on pigs.
At the annual general meeting held
on 20 January 1964 the following officers were elected: chairman, Philip
Maher, Ballybough; vice chairman,
John Skehan, Clonbrogan; secretary
Paddy Morrissey, Cloran; treasurer
Paddy Coffey, Rathsallagh. At this
meeting it was proposed that NFA
and ICMSA should be called on to
unite. These officers were in place
until 1966 when John Holohan was
elected chairman. Philip Maher was
vice chairman and Denis McGrath
was elected secretary with Paddy
Coffey re-elected as treasurer. At this
meeting members felt that the rates
campaign should not have been
called off. The CAO was also asked to
appoint a permanent agricultural
instructor for the Fethard area.
At the branch meeting held on
26th May 1967, it was decided to
approach the parish priest to change
the times of masses. It would seem
that he responded favourably as in
the minutes of a branch meeting held
on the following 8th August a vote of
thanks was passed to the PP for his
cooperation. The amalgamation of
the local creamery also came up at
this meeting
There was no change of officers
until the annual general meeting held
on the 25th March 1971. The following officers were then elected: chairman John Slattery; vice chairman, L.
Trehy; secretary, Denis McGrath; and
treasurer, Edmund Trehy. During
1971, ВЈ100 was contributed from
branch members and branch funds
to The Irish Farm Centre.
There was a further change of officers in 1975 when TP Meagher was
elected chairman, vice chairman, L.
Trehy, secretary, Denis McGrath,
Killerk Land Dispute meeting in the 1950s
treasurer, Joseph D O’Connor. At the
AGM in 1979 farm credit and the
banks were the main issues.
The AGM held on 28th September
1982 resulted in the following being
elected: chairman, Philip Maher, vice
chairman, Bobby Guiry, secretary,
Denis McGrath and treasurer, Joseph
D O’Connor. The following year Tom
Butler was elected chairman with
Philip Maher and H. Ponsonby as
vice chairmen. There was no change
in the other officers. Mrs Kitty Delany
was a founder member of the south
Tipperary farm family group, which
was founded around this time. At the
AGM in October 1985 Malachy Brett
was elected chairman, Frank
McGivern vice chairman and Denis
McGrath and Joseph D O’Connor
secretary and treasurer respectively.
In 1988 David O’Meara was elected
chairman with Frank McGivern and
Denis O’Halloran as vice chairmen.
At the 1989 AGM Bob Frewen was
added to the vice chairmen. In 1990
Denis O’Halloran was elected chairman with Francis McGivem and Bob
Frewen as vice chairmen. At the 1995
AGM Francis McGivern and John
O’Flynn were elected as vice chairmen. At the 1997 AGM the officers
elected were: chairman, John
O’Flynn, secretary, Denis McGrath,
vice chairmen, Francis McGivern
and Sean O’Dea and treasurer, David
Tierney. At a branch meeting held on
20 February 1999 the members
decided to organise some cattle fodder to help out farmers in the west of
Ireland who were in a desperate situation. Feed was urgently needed to
keep their cattle alive. Loading points
were designated at Coolmoyne,
Fethard and Cloran creameries.
Three artic loads of feed were organised in the area and sent up to them.
The present officers of the branch
are chairman, Francis McGivern, secretary, Denis McGrath, vice chairman, Tom Delahunty and treasurer,
David Tierney. вќѓ
Jim Trehy (right) selling organic produce at Cahir Farmers Market Nov. 2005
Slieve na mBan Holy Year Cross 2005 by Kevin Ryan
nce more we were blessed
with a beautiful day for our
annual pilgrimage to the Holy Year
Cross. This year also marked the 55th
anniversary of the erecting of the first
cross, and I’m sure that the people
who established the tradition of the
August 15th pilgrimage would be
proud to know that it’s still going
strong all these years later. In fact,
judging by our visitors’ book that we
opened for the first time this year, we
had in excess of 200 people in attendance. As well as the hardy annuals,
it is also nice to see that a growing
number of people from outside the
parish are coming to join our celebration. This is a trend that we hope
will continue in the coming years.
Ceremonies began at the hill wall,
where Fr. Malachy Loghran OSA, led
the procession to the Holy Year
Cross, while down at the mass rock in
O’Donnell’s field, Canon Jim Power
and Fr. Timmy Walsh O.S.A. led the
rosary for those who were unable to
make the climb. On the return of the
walkers, mass was celebrated by
Canon Power and Fr. Loghran.
Once again, when the ceremonies
were concluded, the locals provided
much appreciated tea and refreshments. Judging by the amount of food
that was prepared, they could have fed
as many more again. One thing is certain, no one went home hungry.
Of course a lot of preparation was
needed to make this day the success
that it was. Special thanks must go to
our dedicated clergymen who give
At the cross L to R: Laurence Kenny, Tom Purcell, Bill Meaney and Pat Cleary
so freely of their time, to Jimmy and
Eileen O’Donnell for the use of their
field, and we must also take this
opportunity to wish Jimmy a speedy
recovery after his recent accident,
and to all the locals who helped in
any way, be it erecting the crosses,
food preparation or altar preparation.
Take a bow one and all. To our Dutch
friends, Bert and Janneke, for providing much needed refreshments on
our way to the mountain. To Tommy
Butler and Premier Music, Clonmel,
for providing the amplification. To
Merry’s of Clonmel for their generous sponsorship. To Joan Dunphy,
Clonmel, and Willie O’Meara for their
work on the visitors’ book and stand.
To the man who single-handedly
keeps Fethard and Killusty accessible to our friends and relatives far
away, Joe Kenny. And finally, to all of
you who took the time to be there,
your attendance made our efforts
worthwhile. We hope to see you all
again next year. вќѓ
Made it to the top! L to R: Patricia Cronan, Michael Cronan, Dan Sheehan, Toby
Purcell and Philly Cahill.
Nano Nagle National School
Junior Infants’ Class at Nano Nagle National School. Back L to R: Noelle
O'Meara (Woodvale Walk), Conor Harrington (Kerry Street), Ciara Connolly
(The Green), Katie O'Flynn (Killerk North), Megan Earl (Slievenamon Close),
Mrs Margaret Gleeson (Teacher). Middle Row L to R: Rebecca Jones (Monroe
House, Cashel Road), Shannon Thompson (Kilnockin View), Sally Nagle
(Rathkenny, Drangan), Gavin Mullally (Woodvale Walk), Leah Lawrence
(Woodvale Walk), Sally Butler (Kilnockin). Front L to R: Amy Brophy
(Kilnockin View), Sarah Carroll (Ballyrichard, Mullinahone), Sophie Neary
(Burke Street), Amy Roche (Kilnockin View), Katie Ryan (Tullamaine), and
Rebecca McCarthy (Derryluskin). Missing from photograph are: Shane Lawless
(Woodvale Walk), Malachy Brett (Tullamaine), Sarah Slattery (Jossestown),
Laura Hards (Kilnockin View), and Sinead Regan (Woodvale Walk).
ano Nagle National School
staff for this year: Sr. Maureen
Power (Principal) 5th Class; Mrs.
Maureen Maher (Vice-Principal) 1st
& 2nd Classes; Mrs. Rita Kenny, 6th
Class; Ms. Elaine Brady, 3rd & 4th
Classes; Sr. Winnie Kirwan, Senior
Infants; Mrs. Margaret Gleeson,
Junior Infants; Mrs Mary Hanrahan,
Learning Support Teacher; Ms.
Lorraine de Lacy, High Support Unit;
Mrs Anne D’Arcy, Secretary; and Mr
Willie Ryan, Caretaker.
This year we say a fond farewell to
Sr. Mary McNamara who has retired
after thirty-seven years teaching in
Fethard. Many of our readers will
remember Sr. Mary by her former
name, Sr. Gemma, and all of us will
remember her dedication to teaching
and to her pupils. Presentations to Sr.
Mary by the school staff, pupils and
the Parents’ Association affirmed the
high esteem in which she was held
by all and, we hope, conveyed our
deep appreciation of her long and
valued contribution to Nano Nagle
National School.
Ann-Marie Harty, our Special
Needs Assistant, also finished her
tenure in June, but has returned to us
on a part-time basis, to the delight of
both staff and pupils. Sr. Juliana, who
is home from New Zealand, is also
helping out on a voluntary basis with
learning support pupils and we are
very grateful for her assistance.
Ms Michelle Skehan, who taught
6th Class last year, is now working in
Thurles and we wish her every success in her new position. Michelle
Readathon Project with her pupils
which realised a substantial €2,300.
She also arranged for the school to
feature on Tipp FM Radio later in the
year. Our older pupils got a chance
to showcase their talents and a most
enjoyable session ensued.
We are delighted to welcome back
Mrs. Rita Kenny, our 6th class teacher
who rejoins us after a one-year
career break.
One of our most successful ventures last year was our Christmas
concert in the Abymill Theatre. All
classes were involved and, once
again, our parents were a great support sourcing and making costumes,
helping out �front of house’ and, of
course, being a wonderful audience
for each performance. Our thanks
also to Austy O’Flynn and his staff in
the Abymill.
Our programme comprised: �The
Christmas Angel’, Junior Infants
(with a little help from their friends in
3rd Class) — This little angel knows,
“there’s something special going
on”, but isn’t quite sure what it’s all
about. We journey with her on her
quest, enjoying the many delights of
the Christmas season along the way.
And then, finally, the real meaning of
Christmas is revealed.
�Our Magic Christmas Tree’, Senior
Infants, 1st & 2nd Classes —
Christmas is coming and expectations are high, and although the outlook is none too bright for a certain
“tiny, little tatty little tree” or indeed
for the children in the nearby
orphanage, yet with a sprinkle of
Christmas magic everything comes
right on the night.
�Manger Mania’ 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th
Classes — This modern upbeat version of the Nativity is a fun-filled lively show that nonetheless reflects the
deeper meaning of Christmas. It was
a musical medley showcasing the
many talents of our 53-pupil cast.
Teachers, Ms. Michelle Skehan and
Ms. Elaine Brady, provided the musical accompaniment on guitar and
Our pupils are going swimming
this year for the first time and athletics has also figured prominently during the first term with our pupils
competing in Thurles and Clonmel.
CГ©ilГ­ dancing will resume next term
Fethard Nano Nagle Primary School 6th Class. Back L to R: Rachel Prout, Orla
Lawrence, Stephanie Allen, Claire Morrissey, Rebecca O'Donnell, Jenny Pyke,
Maryanne Fogarty, Edel O'Sullivan. Front L to R: Mary Jane Kearney, Louise
O'Donnell, Amy Lyons, Jane Holohan, Faye Manton and Amanda Ryan.
and we hope to focus on basketball
and football skills in the third term.
Promoting environmental awareness continues apace with ongoing
recycling of cans and computer ink
cartridges, the promotion of a litterfree environment and the �planting
–up’ of the courtyard. The grove of
trees planted just below the playground is now developing nicely, and
during the summer a pathway was
put in to facilitate nature walks for
our pupils. This should prove a great
resource for the school as it contains
a wide variety of trees, with a special
emphasis on the native species.
Our efforts to date have born fruit
as the school has once again won
first prize (Fethard Electoral area) in
the County Council’s �Tidy Schools
Last year, the presentation of
prizes took place in Cahir House
Hotel. On behalf of our school Katie
Butler, Jennifer Rice and Lucy Butler
accompanied by Mrs Maureen
Maher, accepted a Waterford Crystal
figurine and a cheque for €300. Great
excitement was engendered by the
presence of Duncan Stewart (of
�About the House’ TV fame) who
duly signed autographs and posed
for photographs.
The Book Fair in February was, as
always a great success with sales
totalling €3,422 which means that we
were entitled to claim books to the
value of €2,053 in commission for our
class libraries. During Book Fair week,
we focus on reading in a very special
way, allocating specific times for class
visits to the fair and arranging storytelling sessions. The childrens’ enjoyment of, and enthusiasm for, books is
the real measure of the Book Fair’s
success as far as we are concerned.
Our Parents’ Association is
involved in various events throughout the year: the annual cake sale in
October, the sponsored walk and our
ever popular Fun Sports Day in June.
The parents’ ongoing commitment
and support is a major factor in the
successful realisation of our goals for
our school and we very much appreciate all their efforts on our behalf.
As we prepare for Christmas 2005,
we send seasonal greetings to all
who read this newsletter, especially
those who may find themselves far
from home; Beannacht DГ© Oraibh
agus Nollaig Shona DhГ­bh go lГ©ir. вќѓ
St. Patrick’s Boys’ National School
St. Patrick's Boys School 6th Class. Back L to R: Dean Sharpe, Ger Maher, Tony
Myler, David Burke, Gavin Carroll, Gareth Lawrence, Jamie Walsh, Andrew
Maher. Front L to R: Noel O'Brien, Ted Barrett, Brian Delahunty, Louis Rice,
Michael Smyth and Gavin Lonergan. Missing from photograph is Tommy Veale.
e have had a very busy year
this year. Some of our activities included swimming, hurling,
football, soccer, athletics and cГ©ilГ­
dancing. We had an excellent show
from Clan Cluana Drama Group and
had an exciting day with poet Declan
Lucey. We also visited the South
Tipperary County Museum in
Clonmel. Everybody who travelled
on our school outing to U.C.L. Sports
Complex in Limerick also had a
memorable and tiring day.
We would like to thank the staff
and pupils of the Patrician
Presentation Secondary School who
took our senior pupils for cookery
classes and volleyball coaching during the year. We were successful in
the junior section of the Credit Union
Quiz. We had a good year in the
sporting field too. The Under-13 and
Under-11 football teams reached the
finals in their respective divisions.
The Under-11 hurling team won the
county final for the first time ever.
On the athletics scene in the
Cidona Primary Schools Cross
Country Competition our boys came
1st in Divisions 2 and 3 and 2nd in
Division 1. Brian Delahunty took 2nd
We entered a project on The
Augustinian Abbey-700 years in
Fethard in the Independent
Newspapers Competition for which
we received a Highly Commended
Certificate. We would like to thank
everybody who helped us with our
research and especially Mrs. Mary
Hanrahan for her great contribution
and time.
We have had major work carried
out to the school building itself and
also on the heating system with work
still to be done to the yard. It looks as
if we’ll be equally busy next year!
Our current staff are: Mrs Patricia
Treacy (Principal), Mrs Eileen
Fitzgerald, Ms Carmel Lonergan, Ms
Aisling Ryan and Ms Helena Delany.
Best wishes to all. вќѓ
St Patrick's Boys School Fethard, County Champions, Cumann na mBunscoil
Under 11 Roinn C, following their win over Upperchurch. The final score was
Fethard 6-4, Upperchurch 3-4. Back L to R: Willie Ryan (coach), Eoin Walsh,
Ger Maher, Garreth Lawrence, Ronan Fitzgerald, Gerard Gorey, Andrew Maher,
Eileen Fitzgerald (teacher). Front L to R: Brian Delahunty, David Gartland,
CiarГЎn O'Meara, Dylan Fitzgerald, John Gartland (captain), Brian Healy,
Cathal Hurley and Vincent Lawrence.
29 Seconds
by Vincent Murphy
Fethard on the 14th August 2003
didn’t know anything about the
man who was sitting at the bar. I
found out later that he had starred in
many films, including classics like
Alfred Hitchcock’s film, �The Birds’
and �Giant’ with James Dean, among
many others. All I knew when I
served him a pint in the bar was that
he had arrived from Dublin by helicopter and that his wife was urging
him to drink up as they had to get
back to the capital in a hurry. He was
hoping to have a second pint. I saw
an opening to get a spin in a helicopter so I volunteered to go out to
Mouse Morris’ yard where they had
landed and guide the pilot to the
field behind the bar. I told them that I
had never been in a helicopter and
that he could have the second pint
while he waited for his transport to
arrive. He shook my hand and said,
“It’s a deal . . . enjoy the flight.”
I shot out the door and into the car
before anybody could change their
mind. A few minutes later I was hovering over Fethard and it was fantastic. It was a dream come true. It only
lasted a few short minutes but it felt
like forever. And to top it all, we landed behind my own house.
I asked the pilot what the man’s
name was. He answered me, shouting over the noise of the swirling
rotors overhead. “Roy something or
other . . . will you give him this package . . . his photos are in it.”
I ran straight up to the bar to tell
the gentleman that his helicopter
was out the back. “Thanks for the
spin, Roy,” I said, handing over the
package, and went back to work
behind the bar.
Mick Dineen was sitting at the
The Valley of Slievenamon — 14th August 2003
them like mad, I’d try any type of flycounter. “You got his name wrong.
ing activity whenever I got the
It’s Rod, not Roy, Rod Taylor the
actor,” he informed me. I looked at
On 28th June this year, a friend,
Mr Taylor who didn’t seem too upset
Hugh, phoned offering a flight in his
by my mistake. He was busy pulling
helicopter. As usual, I jumped at the
pictures from an envelope that the
chance. We arranged to meet at Pat
pilot had given me at the helicopter.
White’s airstrip in Derryluskin, where
They were photographs of the film
he would pick me up and take me for
star as a much younger man. He
the promised trip. I decided to take
signed a few for the older people
the video camera along, as I couldn’t
who knew his name, posed for a picture for the local paper and then took
usually use it when I was doing the
flying myself. The helicopter was just
off into the sky and disappeared.
back from its �Certificate of
I had been fascinated by flying
Airworthiness’ examination and the
before that, but now I was hooked. A
doors hadn’t been put back on, so it
few years later I got a pilot’s license
was the ideal time to shoot a bit of
to fly aeroplanes. After that I did a
footage of Fethard, without the perfew hours training on helicopters.
spex door in the way. The quality of
Not enough to get a full helicopter
the shots would be much clearer.
license, but enough to understand
I strapped myself in and we took
how they worked. Little did I realise
off. I turned the camera on and let it
how useful that few hours’ training
roll. We shot along the cornfields and
would be a few years down the line.
out over the hedge, gaining height all
Now, shoot forward about fifteen
the time. It was a beautiful summer’s
years to 2005. I’d been flying for over
day with a gentle breeze and a few
ten years in everything from microlights, ultralights, gliders, paragliders,
clouds in the sky, an ideal flying day
helicopters and planes. Short of gluwith good visibility and no turbulence. We climbed to a thousand
ing feathers to my arms and flapping
feet on the north side of Fethard and
a helicopter can glide a certain disthen decided to circle the town a few
tance if the engine blows. It won’t
times before hovering on the south
glide very far, but you’ll hopefully
side to get a few good shots of the
have enough of a glide to get down
medieval town wall before landing
safely. Hugh’s years of experience
back at the airstrip.
kicked in. The machine was going
Everything was going well on our
down fast. Directly beneath us were
first circuit of the town. We had just
houses. They had to be avoided.
flown over my house and I knew that
Behind them was a field full of cattle.
my wife, Sarah, would be at the back
They had to be avoided. The next
door giving a wave, though I couldn’t
field had a set of power lines going
see her as I was concentrating on
through it. They had to be avoided.
filming. I’d planned to give her a big
Our options were limited if we wantwave on the second circuit, or when
ed to avoid an accident on the
we stopped to hover. But then we
ground. The next field was empty so
heard a bang.
Hugh aimed
“What was
that?”, we both
T h a n k f u l l y,
said in unison.
after hours of
Then the nose
training in variof the helicopous
ter dipped and
machines, with
the tail started
many simulatto go into a
ed engine failspin. For about
ures, we both
three seconds
remained totalI thought that
ly calm.
we were going Helicopter pilot Hugh Clarke from Kilsheelan You
photographed seconds after he was forced to
to die. Those
know how you
crash land in a field outside Fethard.
were three very
will react in a
long seconds. The only thing I
real situation until you are actually in
remember was a glimpse of the sun
it. I have no idea if Hugh heard a
illuminating the town wall and the
word that I said as I pointed out
thought that we were going to spin
obstacles on our way down. With
into it. If a full spin developed, we
about fifty feet to go, we still had to
would not recover. But somehow
avoid one more obstacle. There was
Hugh retained control. He put the
a tree in our way. Hugh gave the
helicopter into autorotation. Having
machine a shot of power to get over
done a few hours’ training in helicopthat final hurdle. We cleared it and
ters, I knew what was going on.
then ran out of steam. With just a few
Contrary to what many people think,
feet to go, the helicopter fell to the
ground. It thrashed around for a few
seconds, but stayed upright. We
checked that we were both uninjured, and I then jumped from the aircraft in case the fuel tank exploded.
As I jumped something grazed my
head, so I dived onto the ground and
started to roll until I was sure that I
had cleared the area where the
blades were still spinning. I stood up
and looked back. I thought then that
the spinning blades had hit my hair. I
found out later that I had forgotten to
remove my headset before I jumped
out and that was what had grazed my
head. The rotor would have removed
I could then see that the tail end of
the helicopter was missing. The
rotors had sliced it off when we hit
the ground. Bits of the machine were
scattered all over the field. Hugh and
I stood by the wrecked machine without a scratch on either of us in the
full knowledge that we were very
lucky to be alive. Without realising it,
I had kept the camera rolling all the
time. It was still in my hands, even
after jumping and rolling from the
That night, Sarah and I sat down
and watched the footage that I had
shot that day. She had seen the accident from the ground and had
received a bigger shock than either
Hugh or myself. We counted the
time that elapsed between the bang
in the air to the impact with the
ground. It was all over in just twenty
nine seconds. вќѓ
Tom McCormack, Monroe, Fethard, photographed on the occasion of his 70th
birthday this year with his wife Kathleen, daughters Claire (left) and Rita.
Abymill Theatre
he Annual General Meeting of
the Abymill Theatre took place
on Thursday 23rd June 2005 in the
Abymill Theatre and the following
Board of Directors was elected:
Austin O’Flynn (Administrator), Joe
Kenny (Chairman), Marian Gilpin
(Treasurer), Michael McCarthy,
Noelle O’Dwyer, Eileen Maher,
Jimmy O’Shea, Vincent Murphy,
Mary McCormack, Bernard Walsh
and Carmel Rice.
The Abymill is a beautiful building
Gerry Fogarty calling the numbers at
the weekly game of Bingo.
which attracts a great variety of people and shows every year. On the
home front, the Fethard Players
staged the highly acclaimed, �Blithe
Spirit’ in November 2004. The
Patrician Presentation Secondary
School had �Joseph and the Amazing
December 2004 and the pupils an
staff of the Nano Nagle National
School delighted all with a return
Christmas visit to the Abymill.
The Premier Swing Band made a
return visit in February with Irene
Malone, Liam Butler and the Thurles
Gospel Singers. Majella Forte’s dance
school staged a packed-to-capacity
show in the early summer. The
Abymill has also been the venue for
some of the Augustinian Abbey
Jubilee 700 celebrations.
One of the local popular events in
the Abymill is the weekly Thursday
night game of Bingo, which is still
alive and well in Fethard. It is great to
see so many younger players taking
part in this family game, hosted by
Gerry Fogarty.
The Abymill is also used as a
venue for large public meetings and
seminars, as well as lectures and
meetings organised by the local
Historical Society.
On a more sombre note one of our
directors Noelle O’Dwyer sadly
passed away in September, our sympathy is extended to her husband,
Michael and her brothers of the
Maher family. вќѓ
Fethard Players
Cast of 'Tons of Money'. Back L to R (standing with hats): Eoin Powel and
Eoin Whyte. Front L to R: Niamh Hayes, Joe Hanley, Mia Treacy, Jimmy
O'Sullivan, Gerry Fogarty, Marian Gilpin, Liam Ryan and Mary O'Connell.
his year’s Fethard Players production was �Tons of Money’, a
comedy by Alan Ayckbourn adapted
from the original by Will Evans and
The play was produced by Austin
O’Flynn was staged in the Abymill
Theatre from 13th to 19th November,
with an extra night on 20th
November, due to public demand.
Fethard Players officers for this
year: Chairperson, Carmel Rice;
Secretary, Geraldine McCarthy; and
Treasurer, Lisa Laaksonen.
The Fethard Players wish to thank
all who helped stage this production,
and wish all our emigrants and readers a very Happy Christmas. вќѓ
Fethard Boys Scouts
n comparison with years gone
by, 2005 was certainly a quiet
year for Fethard Scouts. With the
exception of putting up marquees to
aid the running of pony shows in
Grove, our activities at local level,
were sadly, very limited. At regional
level, some of our leaders and senior
members assisted at regional scouting events where the opportunity
Local leader Robert Phelan provided assistance in organising and running the regional orienteering, but so
as not to break tradition, the highlight
of our calendar was joining the
Clonmel, Ballymac and Kilsheelan
units on their annual camp. Camp
this year was held in Carne Beach,
Wexford where the sun seemed to be
hiding for a lot of the two weeks! Still,
despite the poor weather, spirits
were not dampened, with one of the
highlights being a hike up Mount
Leinster with an added bonus of a
tour of the RTE booster station at the
summit. Camp was attended by
Dermot Culligan and Mike McCarthy
who joined up with the Clonmel venturers for the two weeks.
The two boys, now �veterans’ of
annual camp, having camped for two
weeks every summer for the last six
summers, have already said they
hope to journey again next year for
another fortnight of fun, games and
maybe even some romance, eh lads!
Leaders, Bobby Phelan, John
McCarthy and Philip O’Donnell also
attended camp.
Congratulations to Leader John
Cloonan who gave us a big day out
on 23rd July, when he got married to
Susan Moore. John has given long,
loyal and devoted service to the
Fethard scout troop over the years as
both a scout and leader, and we wish
both Sue and himself every happiness
and good health for the future.
At the time of going of press plans
are afoot to restart the unit for mid to
late October so hopefully the Fethard
Scout notes for the newsletter in 2006
will be a much fuller report! If you
have any queries about Scouts in
Fethard, please feel free to contact
Bobby Phelan Tel: 086 2446085,
Philip O’Donnell Tel: 087 8124548 or
John Cloonan Tel: 086 8190569.
Thanks for your support. вќѓ
Mary and Louis Coen from Killusty pictured with their family at a surprise 25th
wedding anniversary party which was organised at their home in Killusty by
their many friends and neighbours in May 1992
The Augustinian Abbey
Remembering a youthful code
of devotion to spiritual mode.
The chapel that is between the Clashawley,
and the houses on the Cloneen road.
There is a long history of devotion and prayers,
Benediction in the evening with incense,
High Mass during Easter ceremonies,
at Christmas, a midnight mass.
Corpus Christi and May processions,
the Rosary, confessions, windows of stained glass,
music from the organ in the balcony,
played by Anne Kenrick,
flowers brought by Joe Barrett O’Connor,
Girlie Healy and Mary O’Connell,
farm manager Joey Fogarty
putting Easter and holy water into the barrel fonts and bottles.
Reading and praying before the headstones
in the cemetery that adjoins,
serving as an altar boy, reciting the Latin lines.
The walking saints, Fathers Stokes,
Bell, Clifford, Killian of the young,
Lighting candles for intentions,
admiring the marble and stained glass,
kissing of the Cross,
blessing the throats and half seven Mass.
Lovely fashion by Angeline,
gardens of a sundial, statues, Sheela na gig,
trees, flowers, paths, the paper house,
orchard and the farm scenery of charm,
echoes of Father Tirry, Oliver Cromwell, Bishop O’Donnell.
The Butlers so still, beside the mysteries of Coffey’s Mill.
The wonder of the missions.
Go raibh maith agat, Dhia guit .
— John Joe Keane
Red Haired Angel!
e were going to a wedding
and we didn’t even know it
yet! �We’ being me, Eddie O’Brien,
who currently resides on the corner
of Burke Street and Main Street, and
my other two travel companions,
aunts Agnes Evans and Maura Trehy.
It was Wednesday 14th September
2005 and we were travelling back to
County Cork. Kanturk to be exact —
well not exactly!
It does say on the Legion of Mary
leaflet that Edel Quinn was born in
Kanturk, Co Cork. The truth is she
was born a couple of miles outside
Kanturk in a townland called
Greenane and the house is still there.
It is known locally as the “magpie
house”, so I guess there must have
been three of those birds hanging
around that house on 14th
September, 1907, when this little baby
girl was born (three for a girl).
Her father was a Galway man,
Charles Quinn, and her mother’s
maiden name was Louise Burke
Browne, a Clare woman. She had met
and married Charles in Roscommon
where he worked in the National
Bank and now in a new home and
county there were three.
Back to the present — we three pilgrims left Fethard about 11.30am.
Being a Wednesday morning I had to
deliver newspapers, �South Tipp
Today’, before I left. Even with a couple of road diversions on the way, we
made good time and got to Kanturk
by Eddie O’Brien
in time to catch the last order for
lunch at the village bar. While waiting, what did I see on the wall facing
me but the one and only sublime
�Desiderata’, a wonderful verse of
wisdom, knowledge and common
sense that was found many many
years ago in Old Pauls Church,
Baltimore, Maryland, USA. It begins,
“Go placidly amid the noise and
haste and remember what virtue
there is in silence as far as possible
without surrender…”
It’s worth checking out. Nobody
appears to know who wrote it and I
believe it is available in book format
or as a poster. It was printed on the
wall in the vintage bar on a large
piece of wood. I can tell you that it
lifted my spirit to see that there . . .
and I was only drinking coffee!
After lunch we three pilgrims drove
back out the road towards Greenane
and Edel Quinn’s birthplace. Last
year we met the elderly couple living
there so when we arrived I rang the
doorbell but there appeared to be
nobody at home.
Our next stop was the church of St
Mary in Castlemagner, not too far
down the road. It was here that my
red-haired angel was baptised Edel
Mary Quinn on 18th September, 1907,
by resident priest Fr. Green. Her
mother had chosen the name of
AdГ©le, after one of her sisters, yet the
priest mistook it for Edel, which was
the short version for Edelweiss — the
Visiting Edel Quinn’s grave in the Missionaries' Cemetery, Nairobi, Kenya, earlier this year were L to R: Richard O’Rourke, Margaret Ryan, Bro Paul Brennan
and Catherine O’Rourke.
flower that grows on the mountain,
most notably in Alpine regions and
made famous by Christopher
Plummer in the film �The Sound of
Music (1965)’. It is a flower that
blooms in the heights, despite the
gales and heavy snow, so from then
on, the little girl would be known as
Last year, our visit to the church in
Castlemagner had been delayed
because we came across the funeral
of a local man, Dan Joe Corbett.
Now, a year later, as we neared the
church of St Mary we spotted a lady
in white stepping out of a big black
car. It was a young bride about to go
into the church to get married. Her
father held her by the hand as they
made their way into the church. I
asked one of the wedding party what
the bride’s name was and they told
me, MГЎirГ©ad Carroll and she was
marrying Mrs O’Brien’s son.
Well, I paused for a moment and
thought for a moment (or was it the
other way around), then I said, “Well
thank heaven I just got here on time!”
Well truthfully, I didn’t say anything, in fact Máiréad was marrying a
Mr Mark O’Brien from New Zealand
and as the ceremony got underway
my two aunties and I watched from a
pew at the back of the church. It was
a lovely ceremony with a group of
musicians playing violins, guitars and
cello. When the wedding was over
and the new Mr and Mrs O’Brien
walked down the aisle (don’t worry
my day will come too).
I later got a chance to pay my dear
respects to my �Red Haired Angel’,
Edel Quinn, who has a shrine dedicated to her on the left of the church.
On the right of the chapel is the very
same baptismal font where she was
Edel’s father’s work with the
National Irish Bank saw the family
make frequent changes of address
and, only after a few months living in
Greenane, the family left Co. Cork
and went to live in Clonmel. I am told
they lived on the Colville Road, there
is a house on the right hand side
before you get to the Minella Hotel.
Edel and her family lived in Clonmel
for six and a half years and during
this time she attended her first
school in the Loreto Convent.
In 1913 her father Charles became
manger of the National Bank in Cahir
and while still in County Tipperary,
Edel made her First Holy
Communion in Cahir on the first day
of June 1916.
Further promotion for her father
took the family to Enniscorthy, and
then Tralee. where they lived until
Christmas1924 before moving permanently to Dublin. By this time Edel
had three sisters, Leslie, Mona and
Dorathea, and one brother Raphael.
Edel spent a couple of years at a
boarding school in England at Upton
in Cheshire, where she excelled at
studies and sports, before returning
to the family home at, Trafalgar
Terrace, Monkstown. When she fin-
ished her schooling, she left home to
live in the city of Dublin. Edel wanted
to, and planned to, become a nun,
though this was prevented because
of a serious illness. She joined the
Legion of Mary and became a
remarkable worker for that cause.
Her long stay in hospital had left her
physically impaired.
In 1936, she was appointed Legion
of Mary envoy and established the
organisation in East and Central
Africa. This she did with remarkable
faith and courage despite her poor
health. After eight years of dedicated
work Edel Quinn died in Nairobi,
Kenya, on 12th May, 1944, where she
is buried in the Missionaries’
Cemetery. By the way, 12th May is
also the anniversary of our own
Blessed William Tirry, who died in
Market Square, Clonmel, on 12th May
Before we left the church in
Castlemagner on 14th September, the
98th anniversary of Edel’s birth, I met
and spoke to a local woman, Shelia
Healy, and she told me that she has a
great faith in the little �Red Haired
Angel’. She is now Venerable Edel
Quinn and as we left the church in
Castlemagner and began our journey
back to Fethard, I thought to myself
that this has been another special
day. I had visited my �Red Haired
Angel’ again and Mrs O’Brien’s son
had just tied the knot (not too tight I
hope). The best of luck to MГЎirГ©ad
and Mark, wherever you are.
It had been a faithful member of
the Fethard Legion of Mary, Agnes
Photo taken on 15th August 1954 at the blessing of the Mary Immaculate
Shrine by Archbishop O'Donnell in Killusty on the site of the old school. L to R:
Lar Donovan (Byrneskill), Dick Donovan (Walshbog), Michael Byrne
(Killusty), Pat Cantwell (Loughcopple), Pat Lonergan (Shanbally, Lisronagh),
Jim Corr (Killusty South), Tom Sheehan (Clarebeg), Tommy O'Connell (Main
Street, Fethard), Dick Allen (Killusty), Master Neddy Holohan (Killusty),
Archbishop O'Donnell, Paddy O'Meara, Cloran (partially hidden), Phil Quinn
(Walshbog), Master Larry Hickey (Cloran), Canon Ryan P.P. (Fethard), Mick
Halpin (Killusty), and Fr Lambe C.C. (Fethard).
Allen (rest her soul) who had first
given me a leaflet and made me
aware of the life of Edel Quinn, and
so it was another Agnes, my aunt,
who had driven us both times to that
quiet crossroads in Castlemagner,
which as it happens, is enjoying a
housing development.
I’m sure Edel would not have mind124
ed because she was all for progress
and nothing would ever stand in her
way. There’s not many who would
get in the way of a red headed Cork
women. I’ll bet, and please God, one
day we’ll give up our sins and our
�Red Headed Angel’ will become a
�Shocking Holy Saint. ❃
Someone thinks of you tonight
Far away a light is burning,
In a window clear and bright,
Far away you’re not forgotten,
Someone thinks of you tonight.
Far away a spray of ivy,
Clings beside a cabin door,
Far away a Robin Redbreast,
Sings in song of days of yore,
Write a letter home to mother,
Send your love to dear old dad,
Tell them that you’re feeling happy,
Though some days you may be sad.
Never tell the world your sorrows,
Smiles are better by far then tears.
Tell them that you will be home soon,
Though you may not come home for years.
But far away a light is burning,
In a window clear at night,
Far away you’re not forgotten,
Someone thinks of you tonight.
— Frankie Napper
John Joe’s Corner
by John Joe Keane
McCarthy’s Worldwide Hotel
by John Joe Keane
A quaint place of renown
In dear old Fethard town
Good drinks, food and craic
An undertaking business out back
Associated with the horse trade
Regally, for many, many years
A hub of industry careers
Visited regularly by the famous
Frequented by the spirited and sublime
A capsule that transcends time.
n a winter’s day while crossing over by Coffey’s Mill weir, I
stopped for a look, the sheer force of
the water was disorientating. The
sluice gate was open and its current
mixed with the main river and mill
pool. Our coming of age was to hang
upside down on the bar over the
weir in flood. From that angle, the
eyes, brain and inner ear were out of
sync with normality, but you were
chicken if you didn’t do it. The currents were strong enough to carry
anything not fastened away.
The Legion
o the Tirry Club or the Nissan
Hut we duly came and prayed,
a weekly gathering of all ages, the
Presidium was democratic and officers were elected, format was on the
old Roman Legion system. Alas,
quite a few of the members are
deceased — Don Byard, Tommy
O’Connell, Tommy Carey — and more
are scattered wide.
The means were the secret bag collections, a bag that was passed
around at each meeting. Along with
money you could find washers,
mints and sometimes nothing. Times
were tough.
The Christmas party was eagerly
awaited, sweets, buns, lemonade and
Tommy O’Connell’s rendition of the
�Hokey Pokey’. I got my first spot on
stage in New Inn, backed by Marie
Shortall and friends, John Shortall on
mandolin, singing �Lovely Leitrim’
and �I’ll tell my Ma’. Ned King, God
have mercy on him, gave me a loan
of new shoes. God bless Josie King.
The Legion formed a valuable part of
Fethard life then.
o the babies in the convent I
was brought to school, and
then there was no Harry Potter, only
the pencil and jotter. The nuns were
strict and dedicated and not allowed
out. Mrs Treacy gave us a grinder
with jam and cocoa from the spout.
“An bhfúil cead agam dul amach?”
was the password to go to the toilet.
The gardens were lovely.
I can still remember the smacks.
The Powers lived in the lodge and a
haven was the hedge. Sisters Teresita
and Thomas kept us going but our
burgeoning interest was growing. A
penny for the black babies, or a halfpenny’s worth of tough slab toffee
The Dush
oe Keane had a good left foot, a
regular free taker who scored,
and many a defender succumbed. In
seventy-eight, his prowess was seen,
a penalty was given, he hit it clean.
The net danced, Fethard were on
their way. Once while hemmed in
Clonmel, he judged a gale, from the
corner flag, a point, the crowd did
hail. Played for his county and soccer too, the memories do accrue.
The Bulbs
ssembling in the morning to
cycle to Annsgift. Hulsebosch
was the owner and Mister Naundorf
got his drift. Out to the fields, bend
the backs, fill the boxes, the ditch
was the jacks. Mick Prout was large.
Willy Crean kept going, Jack Leahy
and family and Mister Brown were
doing the biz. A break for lunch of
bread and milk, then back to work.
That evening we cycled home. Our
backs were stiff, but we were growing. Come Friday a decent wage, the
race home was all the rage.
The Forge
Situated on the Green, there,
smoke and horses were to be seen,
to be shod and newly turned out.
Jack Gunne was the blacksmith, an
awkward animal he could quieten
with a shout. The bellows reddened
the coals, which in turn heated the
irons. The old shoes were removed
and the makings of new ones shaped
the groove. Paring, rasping, hammering on the anvil, into the water
trough, onto the hoof, nailed and tidily finished. The customer paid and
the sound of clip clop could be
heard on the road as it diminished.
Teenage Kicks
he Tirry Club for hops, the latest fashion from the shops, a
kiss after a dance or a serious
romance. Playing soccer near the
dressing rooms, applying after-shave
for scented fumes, hanging out with
the lads being macho, listening for
the latest catcho. Dreaming of
blondes, sports cars, money, playing
air guitar and making faces that are
funny. The top twenty, image being
all, answering a recognisable call.
Gathering after Mass, drinking bottles
of Bass, entertained by life and making do with little time. вќѓ
Ypres Revisited
by Tommy Healy
his summer I revisited the
chants who grew rich on that trade
Belgian town of Ypres. I had
and, as a result, endowed their town
last been there in 1994 with my
with many fine buildings. The other
younger daughter, Ruth and this time
which survives from that time, albeit
I went with my elder daughter,
restored, is St Martin’s Cathedral, a
Kathleen. Both girls had studied the
huge ecclesiastical edifice where we
First World War as part of their �A’
attended Mass on the Sunday
Level courses in history and were
evening of our visit. Across the road
anxious to see at
from it is the more
first hand some of
modest St George’s
the sights of that
Anglican Church,
now most distant
constructed as part
conflict. Ypres is a
of the English War
good starting point
Memorial to the
for anyone interestfallen and which is
ed in that war for it
furnished entirely
is preserved like
donated in memospecimen, almost in
ry of individuals
aspic. It suffered
and regiments of
destruction of biblithe British Army. A
visit to it is a soberbetween Autumn
ing experience, it
1914 and the end of
brings home in
striking fashion the
Afterwards it was
human cost of war
reconstructed to the
and puts or should
original plan and
put to shame those
Tommy Healy
and now it seems
politicians who are
like a place utterly frozen in time, that
keen to sacrifice the lives of others to
time being the period immediately
advance their own glory.
before 1914.
During most of the time we were
It has a museum dedicated to that
subjected to Flanders weather, like
war housed in the restored Cloth
Fethard on a rainy day when the mist
Hall. This building was erected origirolls over Sliabh Na Mban, only far
nally during the Middle Ages when
worse if such can be imagined.
Flanders was the centre of the
Having been caught out on previous
European cloth trade and it was the
visits we arrived well prepared and
meeting place of the wealthy mernegotiated the sights through a per128
sistent downpour.
A visit to Artillery Wood Cemetery
began in rain, which relented after a
few minutes and we were able to
view the resting place of Francis
Ledwidge. I discovered that a memorial to him has been erected on the
edge of the cemetery and it is good
to know that such a fine poet and
sterling character has been so honoured at last. A few yards from his
grave lies Ellis Humphrey Evans, the
Welsh poet, better known as Hedw
Wynn, who strangely was killed on
the same day as Ledwidge, July 31st
1917. That August a poem of his won
the Bardic Chair Title at the
Llangollen Festival. As the judges
arrived at their decision it was pointed out that the author had been
reported as having been killed in
action the previous week and, as a
result, the chair was swathed in
black in his memory.
The Great War has spawned a huge
number of museums across Belgium
and France. The latest is the
Passchendaele Museum in the
sleepy village of nearby Zonnebeke.
It is devoted to keeping alive the
memory of this destructive battle
where men fought and died in conditions of almost unimaginable
squalor. The area is low lying, much
of it is below sea level, in fact the
word Flanders means “the flooded
land”. It rains on two days out of
three and on the morning the battle
began, the heavens opened and it
rained for the next fortnight almost
without respite. The museum tries to
recreate the conditions of the battle
and almost succeeds. I was intrigued
to notice that among the recordings
of songs of the time was one of
“Keep the Home Fires Burning”,
sung by John McCormack.
What particularly caught my attention was an attempt to chronicle the
part played in the conflict by Irish
Regiments of the British Army. It
describes the part played by such as
the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, the
Munster and Leinster Fusiliers and
the Connaught Rangers, regiments
which were raised originally during
the 18th century but disbanded in
1922 when independence was
achieved. It tries to redress an imbalance in Irish history, the neglect of
that aspect of the story. In the recent
past the events of 1916 to 1922 and
the struggle of the then Free State to
acquire a place in the world tended
to obscure that facet of the country’s
experience. Fethard contributed a
huge number of troops to Kitchener’s
Armies, as did every other town in
the country, a fact that Kitchener
chose not to appreciate, considering
the shabby treatment accorded the
Irish Volunteers who joined up. This
was in stark contrast to the deferential treatment given the Ulster
Volunteers who a few weeks before
were threatening mayhem if the
actions of a democratically elected
government were carried into force. I
refer to the Third Home Rule Bill
which proposed to create for the
whole of the island what the same
unionists were to accept for the Six
Kathleen Healy at Artillery Wood Cemetery
Counties seven years later.
As Ireland has achieved a creditable economic status and has shaken off the feeling of always comparing itself to Great Britain, often with
an unjustified inferiority complex,
that aspect can be explored and its
place recognised.
Ireland contributed hugely to the
economic, the military and naval
development of Britain. In the TV
series �Sharpe’ is the character
Patrick Harper, a sergeant in the Rifle
Brigade during the Peninsular War
(1808-1814). He is merely the prototype of the many thousands of
Irishmen who served in the regiments of the British Army at that
time. In fact it has been calculated
that thirty five percent of the British
Army during the early part of the
19th century were Irish. When the
Connaught Rangers returned from a
seven-year-long period of service in
India in the 1880s, many had no family homes to go to for eviction and
emigration had destroyed that aspect
of their lives.
A visit to the Royal Naval Museum
in Portsmouth in May led to the discovery that many of the sailors in
Nelson’s Fleet were Irish, for some
were literate enough to leave graphic
accounts of their experiences. The
�hedge schools’ must have been very
efficient establishments.
The point I am making is that
Ireland has a creditable history. We
should accept our flaws and limitations like every other country but
also remember our wider contribution to the world, not least to Britain.
It is a contribution which is not
known very well in Ireland nor
appreciated in Britain which is now
saddled with a history curriculum for
Uncle Peter
its schools which is bizarre in many
of its features. It is peculiar that it has
fallen to the lot of a small museum in
an area of Belgium a little off the
beaten track to try to set the record
straight. вќѓ
by Bridget Napier
elview Nursing Home is Peter
to visit Clonea beach.” “Twas often I
Napier’s new home these
walked to Dungarvan,” he said.
days. In this fine house he lives out
“How far is it?” I ask, incredulous.
his days. Still the life and soul of
“Twenty-six miles to the Square in
every party and get
together, Peter likes
answers. “It used to
nothing better than to
take a day and a half.
climb aboard the bus
The farmer, after buyfor Fethard and spend
ing 6 or 8 cattle in the
a day in his beloved
sale would give you
ВЈ3 to walk them back
I went to visit Peter
to Clonmel along the
on a �pet day’ in
back roads, and when
October — one of
darkness fell, I’d hunt
those golden days — a
them into a field for
gift from mother
the night, then I’d pile
nature, and quite
�sops’ of hay around
unexpected in its
in a circle and sleep
beauty before the
there for meself, safe
onset of winter.
Peter was seated
outside the rear of the
“God you’d wake up
house — a picture of
stiff and sore. The
relaxation — cigarette
woman of the house
smoke rising to the
would give you a mug
heavens. His face
of tea if she was feelPeter Napier at Melview
shows the entire story
ing generous. If not, a
of his years and his head still covered
sup of milk. On along then and
in that familiar white thatch.
shorten the road, collect me ВЈ3 from
“Many’s the Saturday I spent like
the farmer, buy a few messages in
this in the mart,” he tells me. I
Kenny’s shop, then off to the pub for
remark, “What a nice day it would be
a few pints of porter and a song or
“That was a long time ago,” he
offers. “People living in little hovels at
the side of the road, all in big mansions now.”
As we parted company I promise
to visit again tomorrow and maybe
take a spin to Clonea if I’m not too
tired. Driving 26 miles there and back
seems a mighty task but the road will
be shortened by some more of
Peter’s stories. ❃
Juvenile GAA Club
Juvenile players and club members about to leave by bus to the All Ireland
Hurling Quarter Finals in Croke Park on 31st July, where thirty-five children
and six adults set off to see Tipperary v Galway, and Kilkenny v Limerick.
he past year proved to be a
great one for us — the highlight
— playing in the Under-12 �B’ county
hurling final. This year we were
delighted to have 70 to 80 players
play for us in grades under-6, 8, 10,
11, 12, 13, 14 and 16, in both codes.
Although we did not win all of
these competitions, we reached the
finals of the under-11 floodlight cup,
under-12 south finals in both hurling
and football. We were not successful
in the football but won the hurling
final in great style beating Kilsheelan
in a thrilling game. We then qualified
for the county final in Semple
Stadium and this ended in a draw.
We were beaten by 4 points in the
replay. Our under-6, 8 and 10s played
numerous games throughout the
year, as they developed their basic
skills in some great games.
Our under-14s got to both semifinals but were unfortunately beaten.
No disgrace for this young team as
they put up very brave performances. The under-16 teams also reached
the semis in both codes and were
most disappointed not to do better,
in the hurling particularly, after winning all their league matches convincingly.
When we look back on last year it
is quite evident to see that our future
Intermediate Girls Group at Fethard Summer Camp
looks bright in the club. We have
some outstanding talent coming
through the ranks and this is testament to the coaches who gave their
time, and make a tremendous effort in
developing the necessary skills
required to play hurling and football.
We would like to thank all the parents
for the time and effort they have made
in travelling to and from training and
matches. One knows it is never easy
particularly in this day and age when
Kevin Hayes and his wife Jackie with their children Devin and Liam at Fethard
GAA Summer Camp. Kevin and family were home on holiday from USA
Senior Boys’ Group at Fethard Summer Camp
children are nearly all involved in
other activities. I’m sure it’s worth it
when we celebrate the wins.
Finally, with next year just around
the corner, the juvenile club would
like to invite anyone who can to
come and get involved. Every little
helps and our door is always open.
To all the players, parents, anyone
who has helped over the year, and all
abroad, we wish you a very Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year. вќѓ
Senior Girls Group at Fethard Summer Camp
Intermediate Boys Group at Fethard GAA Summer Camp
Junior Boys Group at Fethard Summer Camp
Fethard GAA Club
South Tipp Champions 1924 - Back Row: John O’Donnell (trainer), John
O’Shea, Ned Connolly, Tommy Hogan, Tommy Mackey, Jer. Phelan, Mick
Gunne, Jack Cummins, Gilla Allen, Middle Row: Dick Mackey, Tom Tubridy,
Jack Delaney, Jim Gorman, Front Row: Gus McCarthy, Ned Cummins, Thomas
Conway, Jack Brett and Ned O’Shea.
n Sunday 9th January 2005,
over fifty people attended our
AGM held in the Abymill Theatre. A
detailed and excellent report of last
year’s club happenings was put
together by Noel Byrne, MiceГЎl
McCormack and Nicky O’Shea,
showing a healthy balance for the
year ahead. Outgoing chairman
(2004) Dick Fitzgerald and president
Fr Tom Breen handled proceedings
in a very constructive manner and
both were re-elected for 2005.
Officers elected for the coming
year were: President, Fr Tom Breen;
Life Presidents, Dick Cummins and
Presidents, Joe Aherne and Timmy
Fitzgerald; Vice Chairmen, Michael
O’Dwyer and Austy Godfrey;
Secretary, Gus Fitzgerald; Assistant
Secretary (and Juvenile Secretary),
Caroline Sheehan; Treasurer, Nicky
O’Shea; Assistant Treasurer, Mary
Godfrey; PRO, Noel Byrne; Insurance
Development Officer, Denis O’Meara;
Coaching, Damien Byrne; Youth /
Oifig Na Gaeilge, MiceГЎl McCormack;
ScГіr, Mary Godfrey; County Board
Representative, Gus Fitzgerald; South
Board Representatives, Noel Byrne
and Michael O’Dwyer; Football
Board Representative, Austy Godfrey.
The club entered nine teams in
championships for 2005 at a cost of
€650 per team (minimum) at senior
level with juveniles extra, so you can
see the rising cost of entering GAA
teams in competition and the commitment needed for raising finances.
We would like to thank everyone for
their continued support to the �Give
All Association’.
The Senior Football South Final
played on Sunday 11th September
resulted in Fethard winning their
28th title, the last in 2002, on a scoreline, Fethard 1-20 (1-10), Carrick
Swans 1-4 (0-2). The team on Sunday
was: Paul Fitzgerald (captain), Alan
Phelan, Michael Aherne, Ian Kenrick,
Willie Morrissey, John P. Looby,
Stephen O’Donnell, Aidan Fitzgerald
0-3, TomГЎs Keane, Karl Maher 1-1,
Michael Dillon 0-4, MiceГЎl Spillane 02, Conor McCarthy 0-8 (3f), Brian
Coen 0-1, and Kenneth O’Donnell 0-1.
Subs Introduced during the second
half were: Glen Burke for Ian Kenrick,
O’Donnell, and Owen Doyle for
Willie Morrissey. Congratulations to
Conor McCarthy for his �Man of the
Match Award’.
Congratulations to Tipperary senior football team on achieving a great
victory over Wexford in the final of
the Tommy Murphy Cup (Tipp 3-10,
Wexford 0-15) played in Croke Park
on Sunday 4th September; to Paul
Fitzgerald for his �Man Of The Match’
performance; to Damien Byrne on
his performance for holding the All
Star Matty Forde to a single point
from play; and to Aidan Fitzgerald for
a wonderful fisted goal to put us on
the road to victory. The Fethard players acquitted themselves very well at
headquarters in helping to bring
home the silverware to the premier
county against all the odds.
The Intermediate Hurling South
Final was played on Sunday 25th
September in Kilsheelan and went to
extra time. We were unfortunate to
loose this game by a point. Most
observers were definite that a replay
would have been the call at the end
of normal time, especially in a South
Final with extra time applying to a
replay only. But, as a result of pressure from GAC and with Munster
Club Championships in every grade,
the show must move on regardless
and hence we moved on to quarterfinal of the County Championship with
a game on Saturday 1st October
against Moycarkey Borris in Cashel.
The Fethard team who did us proud
were: Paul Fitzgerald, Shane Walsh,
Stephen O’Donnell, Michael Carroll,
TomГЎs Keane 0-1, Michael Ahearn,
Jamie McCormack, Aidan Fitzgerald
0-4, Michael Dillon 0-2, Kenneth
O’Donnell 0-3, John P. Looby, Brian
Coen 0-1, Kieran Treacy 0-8F, Michael
Ryan, Karl Maher 0-1. Subs were:
Cian Maher 0-1, Willie Morrissey,
Alan Burke, and Alan Phelan..
To all those who passed to their
eternal reward in 2005, Dick Wall,
Margaret Hackett (nee Hogan), Brian
O’Donnell, Ned Delahunty, Noelle
O’Dwyer (nee Maher), Dick
Cummins. Go ndeana Dia trocaire
orthu. вќѓ
Fethard And Killusty Anglers
George McGrath bringing a nice trout to the net on the Anner
ur AGM was held on Friday
5th March in the Tirry Centre
and the officers elected were: Tom
Fogarty chairman, David Grant treasurer, Matty Fleming secretary. Jim
Sayers, Jim Fogarty, Tony Quigley,
Norman O’Regan and Liam Boland
were elected committee members.
Membership fees for seniors was set
at €20 and juveniles €10.
All competition trophies, i.e. the
John Sayers, Eddie O’Neill, Jack
O’Donnell and Tom Shea Cup would
be fished for on the same day. The
reason for this is that all fishing clubs
affiliated to the M.R.T.A.C. set their
competition dates at the start of the
season and with a lot of our members being members of other clubs,
they would like to fish these competitions also, Sunday 24th April was the
only available Sunday. Our competition was held on that day and proved
to be our best attended competition
for years.
Twenty four anglers fished, a total
of seventy trout were caught, and the
results were:
The John Sayers trophy: 1st Eddie
Casey, 2nd Willie McGrath, 3rd John
The John O’Donnell Cup was won
by Paul Burke, for the heaviest trout.
The Tom Shea Cup was won by Jim
The Eddie O’Neill cup was won by
Willie McGrath.
A presentation was made to Matty
Fleming for Club Person of the Year.
Fethard and Killusty Angling Club
has been in existence for fifty years
or more. Older Fethard people especially, will no doubt recall times
when fishermen could be seen fishing the Clashawley right through the
town stretch of water — John Sayers,
Jim Ryan, Ned Shea, Tommy Coffey,
Paddy Dahill and Dickie Butler to
name but a few. Times have changed
now and the Clashawley river has
suffered the effects of land drainage
and pollution.
Land drainage, as you are probably
aware, allows water to run into the
river quickly, bank high floods come
and go in a few hours. This can be
seen every year in Fethard during
times of heavy rain, bank high floods
in winter and a dry riverbed in the
summer — absolutely useless for fishing. Couple this with pollution from
the sewage treatment plant below the
town and what we are left with is a
river with no fish life and, of course,
no fishermen.
But it is not all doom and gloom.
Meetings with the Fisheries Board
have taken place and they have
informed us that the new water treatment plant should eliminate the pollution and that within one to two
years, trout should return to the
stretches of water below the treatment plant. The drainage on the
other hand is just a big mistake we
are going to have to live with. вќѓ
Jimmy does it again!
immy O'Donnell, Sandyford,
Crampscastle, Fethard, has done it
again this year, winning 1st prize of
€210 in the Writers' Week Originals
Kerryman, with his entry entitled
"Still Life".
The prize was presented at the
'Writers Week' Official Opening
Ceremony on Wednesday 1st June at
the Listowel Arms Hotel. The entry
was published in the 'Writers Week
Winners' Book 2005.
Once again congratulations on
your success Jimmy (�Still Life’
Jimmy’s winning poem, is published
on page 143), вќѓ
Last wish to return home made possible
The immediate family of the late Joe Walsh, at the ruins of his family home.
L to R: Rachael Brinsden, Nick Walsh, Di Harris, Danny Walsh, Margaret
Walsh (Joe's wife), Timmy Walsh, Teresa Phillips and Bernie Walsh.
oseph Walsh, formerly from
Crampscastle, passed away on
16th June 2005. One of Joe's last
wishes was to return home to his
much loved Fethard. Early in
September 2005, Joe's immediate family ensured that his last wish was carried out and they brought him home.
Joe was born in a small cottage, a
Crampscastle. Only a small section of
that cottage remains now and it
marks the corner of a field.
Joe enjoyed his childhood growing
up in and around Fethard. He used to
walk across the fields with his brother Mick, to attend school in Fethard.
His school doesn’t exist now, but a
plaque taken from those school
buildings is mounted in the wall of
the present school in Fethard. He
never wanted to leave Fethard, but in
the late 1930s his family moved to the
South East of England where they
settled in West End, Surrey, and
where he later settled with his own
family in Berkshire.
Joe remained an Irishman who
was very proud of his roots in
Tipperary and he returned to visit
Fethard later in his life with his children, looking for all the places he
remembered from his childhood.
Joe's ashes were interred in
Everardsgrange cemetery on Friday
2nd September 2005, only yards
away from the cottage where he was
born, where Fr. Tom Breen P.P. said a
small blessing.
Following their recent trip to
Fethard, the Walsh family would like
to thank Joe Kenny, Dermot Rice,
Edwina Newport, Paddy McEvoy and
Fr. Tom Breen for their generous
help in ensuring that Joe’s last wish
to return home came true. They
would also like to thank the people
of Fethard for being so friendly and
welcoming. They look forward to visiting again. вќѓ
Community education flying in Fethard
he beautiful Abymill is the
meeting place for two women's
groups now up and running in the
Fethard area. The morning group has
been established over two years and
has completed many programmes to
date such as: Horticulture and ThiChi, Health and Fitness, First Aid,
Flower-Arranging and Personal
The morning group has ten women
participating and the evening group
has twenty.
To date, the evening group has also
completed some of the above programmes, plus alternative therapies
and computers. Both mornings and
evenings are filled with fun and
laughter that can be heard outside
the Abymill.
Many new friends have been made
and much support received throughout the two years. This was made
possible with on-going facilitation
from Veronica Crowe, Community
Tipperary VEC, who based all the
programmes on the needs of the
groups. Thanks also to Treacy and
Hilda in Health Promotions Union,
Clonmel, who delivered the Health
Programmes in Conjunction with
VEC. For more information contact
Veronica at Tel: 052-26269. вќѓ
Four generations
Four generations: Nelllie Ryan (nee Pollard), Rathbritt, Fethard; Peggy Colville
(nee Ryan), Spitalfield; Avril Morrissey (nee Colville), Tullow, Killusty; and
baby Amy Morrissey (3 months), Tullow.
Ladies Football Club
he Annual General Meeting of
Fethard Ladies Football Club
took place on Friday, 1st April in the
Tirry Community Centre. There was
a very good attendance and good
discussion took place on all aspects
of the club. The following officers
were elected for 2005: President, Rev.
Fr. Tom Breen P.P; Chairman, Joe
Keane; Vice Chairperson, Edel
Fitzgerald; Hon. Secretary, Ollie
Noonan; Asst. Secretary, Jennifer
Keane; Treasurer, Norah O’Meara;
Asst. Treasurer, Sandra Maher; and
PRO, Ollie Noonan.
Delegates to County Board are
Edel Fitzgerald and Sandra Maher.
Juvenile Trainers, Norah O’Meara,
Jennifer Keane, Barbara Ryan, Amy
Hopkins and Audrey Conway.
Junior training commenced on
Monday, 11th April in the Community
Sportsfield, Killenaule Road. Underage training commenced on 9th April
in the GAA Park. Fees for the coming
year are: €37 euro for over 18 players
and €27 euro for under-age players.
Thanks to Audrey Conway who rep-
resented the club at the Community
Sportsfield meetings. We look forward to welcoming new players for
the coming year. Congratulations to
trainer, Aidan Fitzgerald, who was
picked for the County Tipperary senior hurling panel. вќѓ
St. Rita’s Camogie Club
he AGM of St. Rita’s Camogie
Club was held on Tuesday 29th
March and the following officers
were elected: Jean Morrissey (chairperson), Eimear Gahan (secretary),
Edel Fitzgerald (treasurer), Stephen
Fitzgerald (county board delegate).
Davy Morrissey was elected as trainer for the coming year with two
selectors, Stephen Fitzgerald and
Denis O’Meara.
We hope that full commitment will
be given to training and matches this
year. A special word of thanks to
Martha, Sharon and Emma for their
hard work with the club over the last
number of years. Thanks also to Pat
Sheehan for all his help and support.
Membership fees for the coming
year are: €25 for adults and €10 for
under 18s. New players are always
welcome. вќѓ
Still Life
"Art by the gateway to Kitty Field's back door"
A Rhode Island red
Tossing feathers
A matter of taste
Groomed for motherhood
Clucking an unspoken bond
Parades her clutch
Day olds,
A baker's dozen
From a privileged brake
Of sheltered briars
Chirping out
In wondrous delight
Of life
Full and new.
A silver birch
"Lady of the woods"
Ruled by Venus
Holding a mystical place
Scribbled with streaks
In saffron
With a rosewood tint
Plays host
Keeping vigil
With shimmering boughs
"By the hazel wattled gate".
— by James O’Donnell (Winner: Writers’ Week Originals-Short Poem)
“Beneath the spreading chestnut tree the
by Tommy Healy
village smithy stands”
Jack Gunne at his forge on The Green in the 1970s
ver fifty years ago I discovered
an Ordnance Survey map of
South Tipperary at my grandmother’s
house opposite the Abbey Church. It
dated from the mid 19th century and
showed features which would not
appear today on a similar chart. In
particular it highlighted the locations
of blacksmiths’ forges under the title,
’smithy’ and these appeared at intervals of two miles or less along most
roads. In an age of horse-drawn transport the smithy was every bit as
important to the smooth passage of
people and goods along the highway
as the garage and filling station are
today. The blacksmith did not only
keep the horses well shod but forged
the great steel bands which protected the wooden wheels of carts and
carriages from excessive wear.
In Fethard all throughout my childhood the blacksmith was Jack
Gunne. His forge was on The Green
and his trade fascinated me as a
child. I found watching him shoe a
horse to be a most interesting and
absorbing experience. Seeing him
take a rough shoe, match it roughly
to the hoof of a horse and then by
heating it in the fire �til it was white
hot and hammer it until its shape fitted the hoof, was a most intricate
operation, I thought. Heat came from
a coal fire on a raised iron bed, the
temperature being created by a huge
leather bellows which was operated
by a large wooden lever which Jack
pumped vigorously until the fire
roared loudly and threateningly.
Horse shoes were cooled by dropping them in a bath of cold water so
dark that I believed it was mixed with
coal dust. Certainly the shoes taken
from this bath were
almost black, hence
about the coal.
What intrigued me
the most was seeing
him press the red hot
shoe to the hoof of
the animal and burn
its impression into
the hoof to secure an
accurate fit. The
smell of burning hoof
is one which has
remained clear in my
memory and I was at
first worried that it
might be painful for
the horse. My fears
were dispelled when my father
explained that a horse’s hoof was
rather like a finger nail, it had no
sense of feeling and, just as you could
cut and file a nail without feeling pain,
you could burn a hoof likewise.
Nailing the shoe was an equally
skilled operation. The specially
shaped nails were driven through the
slots forged in the base of the shoe
but emerged through the outer side
of the hoof. A mistake here could
maim a horse for the space between
the hoof and the inner foot was not
great and to drive a nail into that
would probably result in the smith
being kicked or the horse collapsing
upon him. As the nail emerged
through the side of the hoof, the
excess was twisted off and the ends
were clinched to prevent it from
pulling away. I was utterly fascinated
by the whole operation and had a vast
respect for its practitioner.
Seeing him tackle a
huge cart horse,
weighed nearly a ton,
made me feel that
s u p e r h u m a n
strength. What was
more likely was that
this was a mixture of
strength, understanding of the animal and
that technique you
acquire with long
practice, the mark of
a true professional.
On the path outside the forge was
a limestone slab. It had embedded in
it a square steel hoop just a few inches tall. I discovered it when I tripped
over it on my way to Burke Street. A
few days later I discovered why it was
there. Returning from school I spotted Jack and another man struggling
with a long piece of iron. This piece
was about two inches wide and five
or six feet long. They were attempting
to bend it into a circle. It had been
heated in the fire and it being soft
they were beating and twisting it into
shape. It was a warm day and both
were sweating profusely. The strip
was inserted under the hoop and
several minutes later it emerged in a
roughly circular form. A wooden
wheel was rolled forward and Jack
and assistant proceeded to fit the
band to its rim. Rather like the
process of shoeing the horse Jack
burned the band onto the wheel and
then shrunk it tight by pouring water
onto it causing it to contract sharply.
My admiration was complete. Here
was a most intricate trade and here
was a consummate tradesman.
Proper cartwheels disappeared
from the scene decades ago.
Motorcar wheels with their pneumatic tyres replaced the cart wheel and
if you see a horse-drawn cart today,
these are the wheels which are likely
to support it. What happened to the
stone slab with its steel hoop I do not
know, was it dug up and discarded
long ago perhaps?
Jack Gunne’s forge closed when
Jack retired. The demand for his
services declined as the automobile
replaced the cart. Horses were now
for riding, mainly off the road, and,
therefore, they needed to be shod
less often. Certainly Jack’s sons did
not feel the urge to follow in their
father’s footsteps for the prospects of
making a decent living from the trade
had diminished. However, I am told
the trade is being revived. The
increase in the popularity of riding
has revived the trade of farrier, the
demand for ornamental ironwork has
increased demand for the services of
the blacksmith. Both trades now
operate separately, the versatility of
the likes of Jack Gunne, of being able
to operate over several skills is sadly
no more. Nor is Jack who now practices his trade in celestial realms. вќѓ
Wokachika — rock’n’roll
eggy Delguidice, a daughter of
Anastasia Bedford (nee Ryan)
who formerly lived in the Rocklow
Road, sent us this review of her son’s
band �Wokachika’ who are currently
doing very well in London. Peggy
spent a lot of time in Fethard as a
child with her uncle the late Paddy
Ryan in Barrack Street.
“Wokachika are a four-piece rock
�n' roll band based in Islington,
London. The band was formed
around four years ago, and has
played countless venues such as The
Water Rats, Hammersmith Palais,
The Marquee, Islington Academy and
Sound Republic, to name but a few.
They have a broad spectrum of influ-
ences from classic rock of the sixties
and seventies to the new school of
today's bands. Wokachika have a
very unique sound, it's hard to put
them in a category and compare
them to anyone else because they
don’t sound like anyone else, the mix
of music is a mix of happy-go lucky,
uncomplicated balladry to epic rock
n' roll and leaves the crowd with a
grin on their faces and a ringing in
there ears —just how a band should
be! All in all — a band to look out for
— band members, Mark Delguidice,
Danny Delguidice, Olly Allgrove and
Steve Martin.” ❃
Dick Allen, Killusty, having a bit of fun with newly weds, Nellie and Pat Ryan,
Killusty. Also included are John Tobin and Joe Allen.
Jim Murray — musician extraordinaire
Jim Murray playing a pub session with Sharon Shannon
im Murray, a son of Jim Murray
from Killusty, is a young musician making a big name for himself
playing and touring with the cream
of Irish musicians, Sharon Shannon
and SГ©amus Begley. Jim started playing guitar at 11 years of age, met Steve
Cooney of the �Cooney & Begley’
duo, who was so impressed he asked
Jim to go to Japan in his place with
SГ©amus Begley, which he did at the
young age of 18 years.
One of Ireland’s most talented
musicians, Sharon Shannon, then
heard him play and asked him to join
her band, which he did at 19 years of
age. Jim is a full-time member of her
band and has travelled around the
world several times since, playing
venues in Europe, Asia, America,
Australia and New Zealand. He has
just returned from America after playing on the �Woman’s Heart’ tour with
Sharon Shannon, Mary Black, Maura
O’Connell and Carra Dillon.
Jim is featured on Sharon’s CDs
and has also recorded with SГ©amus
Begley. It would be great to hear Jim
play in our own Abymill Theatre.
Jim is the son of Jim and Nora
Murray, who now live in Clondrohid,
Macroom, Co. Cork. вќѓ
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
he Holy Trinity Conference of
this Society has a very long tradition and history going back almost
80 years in Fethard. The present members are Vincent Doocey, President,
Denis Burke, Secretary/Treasurer,
Josie Fitzgerald, Eileen Burke, and Fr.
Tom Breen as Spiritual Director.
The work of the Conference is to
help any people from the area
(sometimes nearby parishes as well)
who need a helping hand or a listening ear. The assistance ranges from
holidays for senior citizens to
Christmas help, emergency help to
families when some unforeseen setback occurs, etc.
We are extremely blessed in
Fethard in that the people we deal
with treat the Society with respect
and help us in every way to help
them. We wish to extend our sincere
thanks to all who request our help.
In conclusion we must say that
without the generous donations of
the people of Fethard Parish we
would not be able to carry out any
charitable work. Our annual collection each year is really awesome and
other private donations are such that
we are humbled by the generosity of
the people.
A very sincere and genuine thank
you to everybody who helps us. вќѓ
A black feathered problem
common sight across the
countryside of modern farming methods is the stacks of round
bale silage, neatly wrapped and
stacked by the side of ditch or
hedgerow. The bales are often painted with an X, though some farmers
take the opportunity to express their
artistic side, as can be seen on the
Fethard road leading into Clonmel,
where a series of funny faces greet
the passer by.
Last year, on the Clonmel road
leading into Cashel, a farmer seemed
to be making a political statement.
The one that sticks out in my mind
from a few years back still conjures
up images of a very irate farmer, as
the message read; "crows are
b*st*rds." This image has lifted my
spirits on many occasions, until I
became victim of the feathered villain myself. It must have been around
4 or 5am, dawn was just breaking
and the birds were beginning to stir,
and stir they did.
First it was persistence cawing
across the street that came ever closer. Then it was the sound of clawing
feet on the slate roof right above my
head. If that were not bad enough
they then began to peck at the slates.
After a time they flew away, but came
back again and continued in the
same vain. When this persisted I
could take it no longer. I stuck my
head out the third story window to
see what I could. On the street in
front of the XL shop the crows were
hopping into the rubbish bin, pulling
out what they could (quite a lot),
then anything edible was taken skyward. For some reason this morning
the preferred option was my particular roof and the pecking feast began.
Interestingly, I noticed that a white
cross painted on the black rubbish
bin seemed to have little effect on
these crows. In frustration I resorted
to waving a big Waterford county flag
out the window to frighten the crows
away. It actually worked.
Though I'm sure if anyone happened to see me, the laugh would be
on me. If anyone has a solution for
this particular crow problem XL shop
and I would be glad to hear it. вќѓ
Irish Girl Guides
At enrolment day, April 2005, were L to R: Kate O'Donnell, ГЃine Proudfoot,
Annie Prout, Sarah Burke and Jade Pattison.
ethard District Girl guides had
another busy and active year in
2005. In February we celebrated
Thinking Day in Cashel with guides
from Thurles and Cashel. Several
young leaders from both these companies were presented with silver
and gold guiding awards, and silver
and gold An Gaisce presidential
awards. These young girls, aged 15
upwards, were examples of what can
be achieved in guiding. Hopefully,
Fethard guides can achieve similar
awards in future.
On a lovely bright sunny April day
we had outdoor activities in
Dundrum Scout Centre which included orienteering, an Easter Egg
Treasure Hunt and Fun Olympics.
The sight of the leaders participating
in the Fun Olympics, is best left to
the imagination, although photographic evidence does exist!
In July brownie leaders Catherine
Leaders taking a break at camp in Dundrum 2005. L to R: Catherine O'Connell,
Irene Reale (Thurles), Judy Doyle and Catherine O'Donnell.
O’Donnell and Catherine O’Connell
took our brownies on a weekend
away to the Guide Cottage in
Broadfort in Co. Clare. They were
accompanied by Cashel brownies
and leaders. This was a very successful venture, which we hope to repeat
as lasting friendships were made.
Another outdoor activity was to visit
Catherine O’Donnell’s farm for
nature walk, games and goodies!
Ladybirds (5-7 years) and
Brownies (7-10 years) meet every
Tuesday night in Fethard Ballroom
from 7-8pm. At present we have no
Guides (10-14 years) but, hopefully,
in the spring some of the senior
Brownies will advance to Guides.
Our weekly meetings consist of
guide laws and promise, crafts,
badge work, games, songs, in a fun
and caring atmosphere.
Each year the girls are involved in
the Christmas Shoebox Appeal. So a
varied programme is provided by our
Catherine O’Connell, Teresa Hurley,
Judy Doyle and our new recruit,
Melissa Stokes. So here’s to another
successful Guiding year. вќѓ
Woodvale Walk Residents’ Association
oodvale Walk Resident’s
Association held their AGM
on 5th July 2005. This meeting was
well attended and officers elected
were as follows: Chairperson, Patsy
Lawrence; Vice Chairperson, Gerard
Brown; Secretary, Theresa Roche;
Assistant Secretary, Mary Thompson;
Treasurer, Dolores O’Donnell;
Assistant Treasurer, Joan Brown.
On 16th August we hired two mini
buses to take children and some
adults to the beach in Clonea. We
had a lovely sunny day and a great
time was had by all. We extend our
sympathy to the McGarry family and
Halloween L to R: Cillian Slattery, Cathal Slattery, Sarah Slattery, Sally Nagle.
to Stephanie McCormack on their
recent sad loss.
We held our door-to-door collection again this year and a word of
thanks to everybody who donated
and to our collectors. We continue to
keep our estate as litter free as possible and a great addition is the council’s road-sweeper on Friday morn-
ings. We are also looking forward to
road repairs commencing this year.
Well done lads and thanks to everyone who helped us in any way this
year including our grass cutters and
litter pickers.
We wish all the residents of
Woodvale Walk a Happy Christmas
and a Merry New Year. вќѓ
Rachael O'Meara and Chloe Doyle at the Halloween bonfire 2005
Fethard & Killusty Community Council
ethard and Killusty Community
Council are fast approaching
the thirtieth anniversary of the establishment of the organisation. To
commemorate this event and to celebrate the community spirit alive in
Fethard today the present committee
are hosting a Community Dinner
Dance in the Ballroom on Friday 13th
January 2006. This is the actual date
of the first meeting of the Community
Council held in 1976.
Prior to formation of the
Community Council the people were
represented by the Fethard
Development Association. This was
formed in 1967 and the late Rev.
Canon Lee P.P. was the president.
The association was elected to concentrate on efforts to promote industrial activity in the town and the
tourist potential of the area with special reference to hotel and guesthouse accommodation. Officers
elected were Mr. P. Meagher BA,
Secretary; Mr. E O’Neill and Mrs
Maher, Treasurer. The association
formed three groups, Industrial
Development, Tourism & Tidy Towns
Educational Development. In 1974 in
an effort to re-organise the group a
new council was elected under the
auspices of Muintir na Tire. In 1975 a
Fethard Community Council Committee photographed at the official opening of
the renovated Tirry Community Centre which took place on 29th September
1980. Front L to R: Tommy Butler, Fr. Clifford OSA, Jerry Skehan, TomГЎs
Roseingrave, Fr. Noonan, Fr. Stapleton, Austin O'Flynn, Carol Kenny, Peter
Colville. Back L to R: Dermot Rice, John Whyte, Sean Spillane, Jimmy
Connolly, Gerry Horan, Mick Ahearne, Percy O'Donnell, Tim Slattery (Bank
Manager), Michael O'Dwyer. Fethard & Killusty Community Council will celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a special 'Anniversary Dinner Dance' in
Fethard Ballroom on Friday 13th January 2006.
public meeting was convened to
ascertain the views of the people of
Fethard & Killusty Parish on the
advisability of forming a Community
Council. There was a unanimous
vote in favour of forming a Council
and a temporary steering committee
was elected. This committee distributed nomination papers to each
household in the parish, each person over eighteen years of age voted
for the candidate of their choice.
The vote was a ballot. In 1996 the
organisation was incorporated as a
limited company and became Fethard
& Killusty Muintir Council Ltd.
At the first meeting of Fethard &
Killusty Community Council, in 1976,
the following officers were elected.
Rev. Fr. John Stapleton CC,
Chairperson; Mr Jerry Skehan, Vicechairman; Mrs Mary Healy, Secretary;
Messrs. Paddy Broderick and Paddy
Heffernan, Treasurers; and Mr Austin
O’Flynn, PRO. The guiding principles of the Council at that meeting
stated that: “A community council is
a representative body whose aim is
to involve all members of the community in identifying local needs and
problems and taking the initiative to
solve them. A community council
ensures that the identification of
local problems and their solution is
an ongoing concern and that concern is integrated into the everyday
life of the community. We have at the
moment, projects in operation,
which we are confident will benefit
the whole community.” Thirty years
on these same principles hold true.
The current officers of the Fethard
& Killusty Community Council are as
follows: Joe Kenny, Chairman;
Edwina Newport, Secretary; Jimmy
Connolly, Treasurer; Maria Murphy
PRO and Peter Grant, FAS Scheme
Liaison Officer.
The Board of
Directors comprises of Rev. Fr. Tom
Breen PP, Ger Manton, Thelma
Griffith, Diana Stokes, John Barrett,
Brian Sheehy, Paddy McEvoy, Nellie
Donovan and Liam Hayes.
The primary function of the
Community Council is the operation
of the Fr. Tirry Community Centre
incorporating the community office.
These facilities are managed on a
day-to-day basis under the excellent
direction of Joan O’Donohoe, FÁS
CE Scheme Supervisor. Activities in
the community office, the Day Care
Centre, and other locations in
Fethard are carried out by participants on the scheme.
The members and committee of
the Community Council would like to
take this opportunity to express our
sincere gratitude to Joan and her
staff for their involvement and cooperation. Their actions, and the FГЃS
Scheme, make a considerable contribution to life in Fethard today. The
services available in the Community
Office will be expanded in the new
year as we have just received notification of the granting of almost
€8,000 for the provision of IT
Equipment for the office under the
government scheme of grants for
community & voluntary groups.
In keeping with the principles as
already outlined much of the activities of the past few months have seen
the Community Council act as a representative body on behalf of the
people of Fethard. This action has
primarily been directed towards
South Tipperary County Council in
relation to their proposal to provide,
at Strylea, twenty houses and ten
serviced sites. This development
constitutes phase one of a much
more substantial development which
on completion will comprise of
approximately ninety units.
October we, in conjunction with
South Tipperary County Council,
hosted a successful public meeting
to inform the community of the
issues from both sides, in relation to
this proposal.
In an effort to ascertain the best
use for the convent hall to establish a
youth centre the Community Council
engaged the services of Tipperary
Institute to conduct a study on the
opinions of young people in Fethard.
This report �Youth Needs and Service
Provision in Fethard’ was undertaken
between June and August 2005 and
the findings were presented at a public meeting in November. This is a
very impressive document; it gives a
very accurate account of the opinions of young people today. It is
worth noting that almost half, 116, of
the young people (ten to eighteen
year olds) living in Fethard participated in the study. In addition to these
Class Reunion of 1955 photographed in Sadels Restaurant, in May 2005. Back
L to R: Rita (O'Donnell) Cutler, Rose (Walsh) Cudden, Marie (Dineen) Whyte,
Lucy Hanly, Frances (Evans) Linehan, Patsy (Byard) Burke, Eileen (Woodlock)
O'Keeffe. Front L to R: Kathleen (O'Donnell) Hally, Marie (Rice) O'Donnell,
Ann (O'Donnell) Lynch, Mary (Skehan) Hennessy and Joan (Fergus) Dooley.
Photographed in Holohan's Pub, Burke Street, in the 1980s are L to R: Austin
O'Flynn, Michael O'Brien, John Bourke and Tom Purcell.
contributors a substantial number of
adults who are involved with young
people as care providers, service
deliverers or in a club or sporting
context were interviewed. It is envisaged that this Youth Needs Report
will provide a framework around
which youth actions can be initiated.
The availability of the convent hall,
the existence of the Multi-Agency
Network, the collaboration between
ForГіige and Tipperary Regional
Youth Services in the Slieveardagh
area and the proposed co-ordination
of activities at local level will contribute greatly towards the success of
such actions. A meeting will take
place in the new year to begin the
process of co-ordinating activities
and to advance the situation further.
The Community Council operates
the Community Lotto. This draw
accumulates considerable funds,
which are available for various com-
munity projects. The lotto draw takes
place weekly on Wednesday mornings at 11am in the Day Care Centre
and is open to all members of the
community to attend. The committee would like to thank all those who
support this draw, your contribution
is supporting the whole community.
The Christmas lights were turned
on in Fethard on Thursday 8th
December. These adorn both Main
Street, Burke Street and the Fr. Tirry
Community Centre. The provision of
these lights, at considerable cost,
invokes a festive spirit to the
Christmas season in Fethard.
Other activities currently being
undertaken by the group include the
re-establishment of the Badminton
Club and the development of a dedicated walking route, Sli na Slainte, in
association with the Irish Heart
Foundation. Fethard applied and
received funding, in conjunction
with Eircom, to provide broadband
access in the town. This was installed
in August. In the near future, a wireless system will be installed to service the outlying areas and villages.
Funding was also received to redevelop the river walk area and discussions are taking place to decide on
what projects will be undertaken
under the Urban & Village Renewal
Programme for which Fethard is one
of the designated towns for 2006.
As we draw towards the end of
another year and approach a significant milestone for the organisation
we can take pride in the activities of
the Community Council. The contin-
uance of the organisation since its
formation thirty years ago bears testament to the commitment and dedication of the many members and officers who were involved down
through the years.
We would like to invite you to
come along to the Anniversary
Dinner Dance on Friday January 13th
2006 (don’t let the date put you off!),
where we will remember the past
with pride and salute the tradition of
community action in Fethard.
Tickets are available locally.
Wishing all our readers a peaceful
Christmas and every good wish for
the New Year. вќѓ
Some of the exhibits from Fethard Folk Museum at the 1984 opening of The
Granary in Limerick. L to R: Jimmy Mullins, Kitty Strang, Donal Mullins, Marina
Mullins, Mary Keyes, Patrick Keyes (baby), Margaret and Christy Mullins.
Fethard & District Day Care Centre
Photographed at the Christmas Bazaar on 24th November 2005 are L to R:
Thelma Griffith, Mary Danagher and Annie Ryan.
ethard & District Day Care
Centre, as usual, has had a very
busy fun filled year. It is always great
to see the place fill up again after the
Christmas break. The centre is a hive
of activity five days a week. Passing
by, one can hear the melodious
according playing of John Pollard
and Pauline Morrissey and indeed,
songs such as "Slievenamon" and
many other old favourites ring out
loud and clear. We have many great
singers attending every day, always
willing to sing a few verses. John and
Pauline are two stalwarts and have
been with us from the start, many
thanks for the great entertainment
they provide for all.
The clients get very involved in the
many everyday activities — painting,
exercise, safe touch, bingo, and the
raffle. Work goes on all throughout
the year for the Easter raffle and the
Christmas Bazaar. The group knit
and crochet beautiful pieces for both
events and thanks to the expert organisational skills of Thelma Griffith, they
are both great fundraising events for
the Day Care Centre. One could
sometimes wonder how they even get
time to eat the lovely meals ably provided by the catering staff.
The staff are a great bunch of people who put their heart and soul into
everything they do for the clients.
This creates a great rapport between
the staff and clients and so leads to a
very happy atmosphere.
We enjoyed some lovely trips during the year including a trip to the
Anner Hotel for tea and pancakes on
Shrove Tuesday. In July we headed to
Lismore for the day and stopped for a
beautiful meal in Dungarvan. There
L to R: Mary Grant, Kathy Aylward, Patricia Brett and Mary Fitzgerald.
were also several trips to
Slievenamon Golf Club for afternoon
tea and entertainment in conjunction
with the Lions Club.
This year the Day Care Centre got a
wonderful boost from the �People in
Need’ trust. We received a grant of
€28,000 towards our new bus, which
transports our clients to and fro
every day. This means we were able
to clear our debt incurred when buying the bus earlier this year. We are
extremely grateful to �People in
Need’. It is nice to know that the
work carried out in the Centre is
being recognised.
�Meals on Wheels’ are delivered
three days a week by our wonderful
volunteers — the unsung heroes who
give so selflessly of their time — and
the same has to be said of the many
volunteers who come to the Centre
every day.
We say a big thank you, to all and
to the transition year students from
Fethard Patrician Presentation
Secondary School, who help with
the Meals on Wheels deliveries and
spend time in the Centre with clients.
Thanks also to our supervisor
Geraldine McCarthy and Jim Keane,
our bus driver. On a sad note, one of
our dearest and longest serving volunteers and vice-chairman, Brian
O’Donnell, passed away this year.
Brian was a very warm and jolly man
and endeared himself to everyone.
We miss him, especially his very
hearty laugh, which was always
heard before you saw him. Ar dheis
DГ© go raibh a h-anam dilis.
Our committee this year is: Thelma
Griffith, our hard working chairperson (and another of our unsung
heroes), Joan O’Donohoe, Liam
Hayes, Carmel Rice, Jimmy Connolly,
Nellie O’Donovan, Phil Wyatt, Nora
Lawrence, Megan Sceats, Joe Kenny
and Marie Murphy. Happy Christmas
and New Year to everyone and if
you’re ever passing by Barrack Street,
drop in for a chat and a cup of tea
and you might even sing a song for
us. We’d love to meet you! ❃
Fethard Community Employment Scheme
e had a very shaky start to
the Community Employment
Scheme in 2005. Numbers were
down and it looked like things were
not going to improve. All in all it was
a very unsettled time for all concerned, both our sponsors and participants.
However, our Sponsors Fethard &
Killusty Community Council, got
behind us and lobbied our councillors and TDs. This proved fruitful
and thankfully by July things had settled down. We were able to bring our
numbers back up to our full complement for the first time in six months.
This year also saw community
employment schemes being amalgamated and as a result we took over
the supervision of three participants
working in St. Bernard’s Group
Homes. This is working out very
well. Quite a few of this year’s participants received certificates from training and development. All of them
completed the �Safe Pass’ and several
studied computers. This is a great
achievement as certified training is
very important in today’s world.
Other training included, stonework,
�Colour Me Beautiful’ (nothing like a
bit of personal development) and
driving lessons. One of our participants passed her driving test, congratulations Patsy! Indeed, congratulations to each and every one on
their achievements.
Our team this year is Janet Byrne,
Marie Hannigan, Esther Breen, Brud
Roach and Robert O’Riordan based
in the Tirry Centre; John Hennessy
in the GAA Sports Complex; Tom
Shine and Michael Morrissey with
Fethard Tidy Towns; and Anne Marie
Jimmy Connolly and John Whyte photographed with Tanya Comber-Rait from
Irish Heart Foundation, who visited Fethard this year to look at the proposed
Ballybough SlГ­ na SlГЎinte walk in Fethard.
Buck, Patsy Webster and Patsy Nagle
with St. Bernard’s Group Homes.
They all do great work, which may be
sometimes taken for granted. As
supervisor, I would like to say how
much their commitment and hard
work is appreciated.
One of our mighty team is so dedicated I can’t even get him to take his
holidays. I won’t mention his name
but you know who I’m talking about,
"don’t you Brud?" A huge "thank you"
to Fethard & Killusty Community
Council and to Joe Nixon, our FГЃS
officer, who make it all possible.
Upwards and onwards we go and
hopefully, everything will be well within the FГЃS world for the foreseeable
future. A very Merry Christmas and
Prosperous New Year to everyone. вќѓ
Fethard Open Coursing Club
we got one with a strong hare after a
fficers elected for the coming
long slip. �Going Rate’ was fast away
and led by three lengths at one stage,
O’Riordan; Vice President, Michael
but �South Court’ had cut him back to
Flanagan; Chairman, Arthur Daly;
one length at the turn. After two
Treasurer, Paddy Hickey; and
Secretary, Peter
shared, the flag
was pulled in
coursing season
�Going Rates’
was probably the
best we’ve had in
years. We started
We also ran
the Consolation
the season with
Stake, sponsored
the main event of
our year, The Pat
Cabins and C.C
Dalton Cup, kindEngineering, for
ly sponsored by
the dogs beaten
Golden. Without Winner of the Consolation Stakes at the in the first round
his support we Fethard Open Coursing Meeting L to R:Pat of the cup. After
could not run this Cormack, Marie Roche and Willie Roche. some very hard
coursing we were down to the final
event. The cup was for sixteen all age
and in the decider we had W.H
dogs and bitches, and with hares
Roche’s �Marshall Dream’ and Ms A.
being very plentiful, we were down
O’Gorman’s �Aoife Tearaway’. After a
to the final in two hours. In the
short course, �Marshall Dream’ was
deciders we had Pat Cunningham’s
�Going Rate’ against P. Curtin’s �South
declared the winner.
Court’, with €1,500 to the winner.
During the year we also ran the
Cormack Cup, which was won by
We hoped for a good buckle and
Presentation of the Pat Dalton Cup to winner 'South Court' owned by Pat
Cunningham (Middleton). L to R: Peter O'Sullivan, Pat Cunningham, Pat
Cormack, Tom Clifford, Michael Grimes (slipper), Arthur Daly and Paddy Hickey.
Tom Cormack. The Burke Cup was
won by M. Flanagan and the
Donovan Cup was won by John
Clifford, Fermoy. Fethard Coursing
Club would like to thank all the beaters who turned up for our big day.
We would like to thank our head
beaters, Tommy Shine, Dinny Shine
and Michael Shine. Special thanks to
D. Flanagan and to our sponsors Pat
Dalton, Woodlock Developments,
Willy Roach, Pat McCormack, Frank
Barrett, Matty Tynan, Bridge Bar
Fethard, XL Stop and Shop,
Coolmore, Fethard Oil, Daly Fuels,
and the Oriental Gardens Restaurant,
Sincere thanks to Coolmore Stud
for the use of their land for our main
event, and to all landowners who let
us course their land. We hope to see
you all in the 2005/2006 season,
bring a friend for fresh air and exercise. You can’t beat a day in the
countryside! вќѓ
Danny Kane holding the�Waterloo
Cup’ last January in Fethard
Fethard Tidy Towns
Photographed at the Fethard Tidy Towns monthly meeting with Council
Officials and Engineers on 14th September 2005 are Back L to R: Cllr Michael
O'Brien, Cllr John Fahey, Jonathon Cooney (Fethard Area Engineer, South
Tipperary County Council), James Horan (incoming Foreman Fethard Area),
Peter Grant (Chairman Fethard Tidy Towns), Thomas Fitzgerald (outgoing
Foreman Fethard Area). Front L to R: Joan O’Donohoe (Supervisor Fethard &
Killusty Community Council FГЃS Scheme), Cllr Susan Meagher, Tess Collins
(Tenant Liaison Officer South Tipperary County Council) and Anna Cooke
(Secretary Fethard Tidy Towns).
ethard Tidy Towns have had a
good year. We hold our meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of each
month at 7.30pm in the Tirry Centre.
In conjunction with these meetings
we have bi-monthly meetings with
South Tipperary County Council
Area Engineer, Jonathan Cooney,
and Town Foreman, Tom Fitzgerald.
We would like to express our gratitude for all their hard work during
the year.
We would also like to thank the
representatives from the County
Council and local councillors who
also attend these meetings. We find
the meetings very productive.
This year saw the long awaited carparking come to fruition and in the
pipeline is the €40,000 grant for the
river walk project. We also hope to
see, if not this year then in 2006, our
one-way system in place. Imagine,
who would ever have thought
Fethard would ever need one! Our
FГЃS participants are Tommy Shine
and Michael Morrissey and they look
after flower beds, grass cutting, plant-
ing of bulbs, shrubs etc. We would
like to say a big thank you to both.
The annual church gate collection
was a great success and many thanks
to all who supported us. We would
also like to the sponsors of our very
popular Garden Competition and to
Joan for judging the competition.
This year we were also delighted
with the good turn out for the annual
river clean up. The group included:
Bill Kennedy, Colm McGrath, Diana
Stokes, Anne Marie O'Sullivan,
Catherine Kearney, Peter Grant,
Thelma Griffith, Mary Jane Kearney,
Amy Grant, Colin Grant, Luke Grant,
Tommy O'Dwyer and Jason
Our committee this year is:
Chairperson, Peter Grant; Vice
Chairperson, Nellie O'Donovan;
Secretary, Thelma Griffith; Treasurer,
Anna Cooke; PRO, Diana Stokes and
Pat Fitzgerald. We welcomed on
board Ann Marie O'Sullivan. As
always, we are looking for, and
would welcome, new members with
new ideas and lots of energy (don't
worry we won’t work you too hard).
A Very Happy Christmas and New
Year to all and please, take your rubbish home with you! вќѓ
Garden Competition Results
Best Business Premises, Paddy McEvoy; Best Baskets, Vera & Michael
Sheehan; Best Window Boxes, Maura & David Gorey; Best Large Garden,
Clodagh & Brendan Brett; Best Overall Area, Fr Tirry Park. Highly Commended:
Annie Ryan, Claire Landy, David Hennessy, and Fr Tirry Community Centre.
Area Results for Best Garden:
Knockbrack / Spittlefield / Mockler’s Terrace — Pierce Littleton.
The Valley / Watergate — Nora Lawrence.
Kerry St. / Congress Tce. / Red City — Una & Frank Fogarty.
Cashel Road — Noel & Irene Sharpe.
Main St. / Rocklow Road / Cois Falla — Ruth Farrell.
Burke St. / Abbey Road — Percy Flynn.
The Green / Barrack St. — Alma Pollard.
Fr. Tirry Park / Canon Hayes Court — 1st: John Tobin, 2nd: Ann Foley.
St. Patrick's Place — 1st: Chrissie Moloney, 2nd: Philly Hannigan.
Slievenamon Close — Maura & Tony Morgan.
Strylea / Cedar Grove — Christy & Audrey Devitt.
Woodvale Walk — 1st: Rita & Con Doyle, 2nd: Patricia O'Meara.
Kilnockin View — Chris & Mary Mackey.
Richard �Grawn’ Power
by Valerie Patricia Watson (Power)
have been receiving, via my son
(Massachusetts); Mary, married
Simon Watson, copies of your
name Dwyer, who lived in Belsize
excellent newsletter. I have read
Park area of London; the youngest
these with great interest, as my late
child was Alice, who like my father
father was born in Fethard and lived
moved to north west London.
there with his family until his early
My father was Michael Power
twenties, when he left for England.
(Mick), born in Kerry St. Fethard on
My great-grandfather, Con Power,
22nd, February1915. He came to live
was a baker and came
in London in 1931,
from Ballyporeen. He
worked with my
worked in a bakery
mother, Rose Harwin,
called �Stapletons’ in
at Gilbey's Distillery,
Fethard. He had severand married her in
al children: Will, one
April 1939. They lived
of his sons, helped
all their married life in
him in the bakery and
Northwas married to Annie
West London. They
O’Brien, a local girl,
had two children:
and, by all accounts,
very devout; Patrick,
January 1945, and I
who was lame after an
am their elder child,
argument with a horse
Valerie Patricia, born
during the first world
December 1940. My
war; a son who lost his Valerie Patricia Watson (Power) brother
life in France during that war (no
Sussex with his family and is a very
name for him unfortunately); a
successful civil engineer, and I have
daughter Bridget; and a son Richard
lived in New Zealand for the past 30
(Grawn) Power, who was my grandyears, during which time I have not
father. His wife, my grandmother,
learned to type properly!
Alice, passed away, probably in the
I have three sons, one of whom
early 1930s. I would dearly love to
lives in Dublin, almost back to the
know more about her. Why she died
ancestral seat. Simon, the youngest,
at such a relatively early age, for
like his brother, the Jackeen, has also
visited Fethard. He spent some time
I have never seen a photograph of
talking to a gentleman who had lots of
either my Irish grandparents and
local information on computer files.
wonder if any exist? Richard and
This may have been your good self.
Alice had five children: Bridget
I am wondering about any relatives
(Bridie) who went to live in America
that I may have living in the district,
Michael Power, left in 1930 and on the right in 1958
maker and his handmade nails are
or if there is anyone who may have
still in the church. Simon says he was
any memories of my late grandparmy great-grandfather, which confusents, or knows where they are
es me greatly, as my father told me
buried, or has anything to tell me
that his grandfather was �Con the
about my family? If so, I would love to
Baker’. Perhaps it is myself who’s
hear from them.
been conned. Can anyone throw any
Also, can anyone enlighten me as
light on this for me please?
to the significance of the title
Simon brought me back some love�Grawn’. I understand all the Richards
ly photographs of Fethard, including
in the family were called this and you
one of Will and Anne Power’s grave. I
have used it in the caption to the
hurling photograph. My dad didn’t
hope to be able to come and see for
myself one day. Also, Christy Hayde,
know what it meant, and my partner
is a musician (trumpet) and in his
who is an Irish speaker, is also puzyouth played in dance bands around
zled by it.
the district. He feels people may preMy partner, Christopher Hayden
fer to forget this, but someone may
(Christy), is also a Tipperary man,
remember nevertheless. Anyway,
born in Tipperary Town. He is the
thank you for reading my ramblings.
son of Joseph Hayden, coach-builder
All the very best to you and God
from Nenagh. His uncle, also
Christopher, was the editor of the
Valerie Patricia Watson (Power), 66
Nenagh Guardian. We will be
Hillcrest Avenue, Hillcrest, North
researching his family through the
Shore City, Auckland, New Zealand.
Nenagh Historical Society, but I menAll correspondence will be
tion this in case any local folk may
have heard of them.
answered and I would love to hear
My son tells me one of our relafrom anyone who may wish to put
tives, Richard Power, was a nailpen to paper! вќѓ
War Service Medals
hen the 2004 Issue of the
Fethard & Killusty Newsletter
arrived I read the contents with interest. One article, of special significance to the McCormack family in
New Zealand, was the list of recipients of a certificate of honour reproduced from the Clonmel Chronicle of
Wednesday June 27th 1917.
Among the names listed was
Daniel McCormack, Kerry Street,
Fethard. Daniel was the tenth child of
Daniel & Johanna (Delahunty)
McCormack who lived at 4 Kerry
Street, he was born in 1880 and was
my husband’s uncle.
We believe he, with his brother
Michael and sister Catherine (Kate)
emigrated to USA when the 1914-1918
war broke out. Keen to do his bit for
his country of origin, Daniel, at some
stage crossed into Canada where he
Tin Helmet
e never knew who he was or
where he came from. But
once, or maybe twice every summer
he’d come striding up The Valley and
briefly into our lives. A tall man, or so
he seemed to us as we crowded
inside the kitchen window watching
him pass. �Tin Helmet’ we called
him, because of the strange-looking
hat, not unlike a soldier’s helmet,
which sat on his head. His coat was
khaki coloured, shabby and stained.
The boots he wore were muddy and
broken from endlessly trudging the
by Leonora McCormack
enlisted with the Canadian Forces.
We know very little of his army
record, but sadly in due course he
paid the supreme sacrifice in France.
It is interesting to note that two of
his commemorative medals were
sent to his brother Patrick who had
emigrated to New Zealand. These
medals are held by family members
today. Daniel's fine example of joining the armed forces was continued
into the next generation, five of his
nephews and one niece enlisted during World War II. They served in N.Z.
Pacific, Middle East, Syria, Italy and
England. One nephew was killed
while serving as a gunner in RNZAF.
For various reasons, some family
members were not able to serve in
the armed forces, but stayed at home
and trained to defend their country if
the need arose. вќѓ
by John Fogarty
roads. A nondescript bundle and
some blackened, billycans dangled
from his shoulder. A knight of the
road, my father called him. But he
wasn’t at all like those other strange,
ragged men who would wander aimlessly through the town from time to
time. Harmless, slightly comical figures, and somehow pathetic as well,
we would gather round in curiosity if
one of them knocked at our door
looking for something to eat.
�What county am I in?’, one of
those knights asked my brother, Jim,
�Fethard Gone West’ Fethard Carnival includes Hugh O'Donnell, P.J. Holohan,
Sean Henehan (on fiddle), Billy Kenrick, Tom Barrett, Thomas Henehan, Aggie
Barrett, Derek Wall, Betty Holohan, Mary Goldsborough and Rena Staunton.
�Tipperary.’ �Holy God, I knew I
could smell the burnt witch!’ he
replied, and hurried away down the
Valley as if he would be tainted by
delaying any longer. He’d held on to
his slice of bread, though.
But it wasn’t like that with Tin
Helmet. We were frightened of him —
without really knowing why — and
always ran indoors when word went
round that he was on his way.
�Quick, quick, Tin Helmet is coming!’
That name, �Tin Helmet’, touched
on something. It made you want to
run, run, quickly, as you would on a
dark night, anxious for the light and
comfort of home. And yet Tin Helmet
had never spoken to or threatened
anybody as he passed along. No, it
wasn’t anything that he had ever said
or done. It was the look, that terrible
look on his gaunt, unshaven face. It
was those staring eyes that seemed
to look into and beyond everything,
that seemed to be fixed on horrors
that could not be described.
Over many summers we had come
to know some things about him. We
knew that he was an old soldier who
had been in the trenches during the
Great War. Nobody knew what battlefields he had survived. Everybody
said that he had been shell-shocked,
that he wasn’t right, �poor divil’.
But we had seen many old soldiers
who were veterans of the trenches
and there was nothing frightening
about them. There was Pad Shea
from St. Patrick’s Place who had
potatoes and vegetables growing in
the council plots behind our house
on The Valley. As soon as the first
green potato stalks poked from the
clay he would begin to spend time in
his plot. Almost every morning of
the summer he would come slowly
up The Valley wheeling his old bike
with fork and shovel tied to the bar.
Every day he would slowly work his
way up and down between the drills
flicking weeds, tap tapping with the
back of his shovel, pausing occasionally for long moments. Sometimes,
standing there in the silence of a
summer’s day, he seemed almost to
become part of the blossoming potato stalks that he contemplated. There
in the quiet of the garden he was a
long way from the mud the murder
and the madness that must have surrounded him all those years ago
when he had stood in the trenches
gazing out on the hellish sight that
was no man’s land. Possibly waiting
to go over the top and thinking that
he would not come back alive. But
there in the tranquillity of his little
potato plot on The Valley Pad Shea
didn’t seem to be haunted by memories of the horrors he must have
endured on those distant battlefields
where millions of men were crushed
out of existence.
Neither did Mickey Kearney who
lived a few doors from us on The
Mickey lived with his brother
Paddy who had come back to live in
Fethard after spending some years in
America. Mickey broke horses but
didn’t seem to work for anyone in
particular. Every morning he would
cycle away from the house and come
slowly back late in the eveningsometimes very late, and from the
direction of Pearl Dowling’s.
Sometimes, if some of us were sitting
on the wall watching his halting
progress towards home, he would
stop to talk. Propping his bike against
the wall he’d begin the ritual of filling
his pipe. Cutting slivers of tobacco
from a plug with a penknife, rubbing
it in the palm of his hand, packing it
'Hospital Sweep' Fethard Carnival c.1938. Nancy McInerney (in white uniform),
Nurse Walsh (pipe and cap), Mrs Paddy O'Donnell (scarf), Dick Allen (Garda
uniform) and Willie Slattery (white band cap).
into the pipe, striking a match, letting
it go out, striking another, puffing billows of sweet-smelling smoke. And
spitting constantly. And sitting beside
us on the wall he’d ramble on about
places he’d been to, horses he’d broken, people he’d worked for, saying
so-and–so was a “dacent �aul skin”
and someone else was a “mane �aul
hoor.” Sometimes he would close his
eyes and let his pipe go out as he
screeched out garbled bits of a ballad about Sean Treacy, always putting extra vigour into the refrain:
�Ahhhh, he will never more roam,
To his own native home,
Tipperary so far away.’
Sometimes, if prompted, he would
talk about the war. He had not served
in the trenches. He had worked
behind the line looking after the
horses that were used to pull supplies and weaponry to and from the
front line. He would became quiet
and distant and there was a sadness
in his voice when he spoke about the
horses he’d looked after and told of
how so many had been killed in the
endless shelling. Of course, as young
boys, we didn’t want to hear about
horses, we wanted heroics, the kind
that we’d seen from John Wayne in
war films in the Capitol cinema
Eventually Mickey would wander
off towards home and soon after he
could be heard calling out to Mamie
�Ah how ya Mamie me aul’ segotia!’
And you could imagine Mamie
scowling at him over the half-door.
In early November you’d always
see them together, those old soldiers, Mickey and Pad — and Pad’s
brother Mick — walking through the
crowd at the opening meet of the
Tipperary Foxhounds carrying their
little boxes of bright red poppies:
offering them up to those mounted
on well-groomed hunters with plaited manes; the riders leaning stiffly
down from their gleaming saddles to
drop a condescending coin into the
box; the old soldiers moving off with
a deferential lift of their caps.
Those old soldiers were part of our
lives on The Valley, coming and
going, caught up in the quiet, everyday rhythms of life. When they were
young men barely out of boyhood
they had travelled many thousands
of miles from their home town and
found themselves on the bloodiest
battlefields the world had ever seen.
They had seen terrible things, had
seen human life degraded into mud.
All around them thousands of men
were slaughtered every day. By the
time it was all over, by the time the
work of the generals and the guns
was finished, millions would have
been killed pointlessly. But somehow
they had managed to stay alive and
get back home. They had looked into
the darkest pit of Hell and lived – but
they were not anxious to tell the tale.
They rarely spoke of the war, never
boasted of any Hollywood heroics on
the battlefield. Perhaps they wanted
to forget the horror of it all, erase it
from their memories by immersing
themselves in the ordinary things
that might have been lost to them in
the mud of Flanders or the Somme.
And maybe that was what made
Tin Helmet different. Maybe, unlike
Pad Shea and Mickey Kearney, he
could not forget the horror of what
he had been through, was forced to
relive it again and again and again.
Maybe that was why he strode so
purposefully along through towns
and villages and winding country
roads like a man in flight, fleeing a
nightmare that he could never
escape, a nightmare that was embedded forever in his memory. A nightmare filled with bombs, bullets, broken bodies and barbed wire. Perhaps
as children we took fearful flight from
him because we could sense what
those staring eyes of his could never
stop seeing: death, destruction,
Armageddon, the absolute extinction
of life.
So we would wait for him to pass on,
and, like a cloud passing over the sun
on a summer’s day, he was soon gone.
Sometimes he would take the road to
Cashel, sometimes disappear to the
left at the cross for Clonmel. And
when he was gone it was as if some
kind of tension had been broken, as
when a funeral has passed, and we
would run out to resume our play.
Summers passed, we watched Tin
Helmet come and go. Always in the
same way. And then one summer he
didn’t appear at all. We didn’t give his
absence much thought being too
busy with the details of our own
young lives. Occasionally, Mamie
Mackey or Josie Barrett would idly
say, “no sign of aul’ Tin Helmet.” And
that was all. We never knew where
he went or what became of him.
Perhaps his war had finally ended
and his relentless trudging was over.
But we never saw him again and
gradually he faded into the dim
world of half-remembered things. вќѓ
Fethard Garden Club Outing 1983 L to R: Phil Wyatt, Aggie Barrett, Eileen
Dillon, Mary Hennessy, Pauline Coffey, Sharon Grimson, Phyllis McDonnell,
Mary O'Donnell, Nora Ahearne, Breda Smyth, Sheila O'Donnell, Joan Anglim
and the hostess from Cork who was taking the group on a tour of her garden.
Lonergans’ Pub — the end of an era
headline from Pub Spy’s column in the Sunday World
newspaper reads, “Cosy with all the
home comforts,” a eulogy written
about Lonergans Bar, Fethard. Pub
Spy was right, but his was a fleeting
visit, ours was of a much longer duration and there was much more to tell.
Paddy, Anne and family were rightly
proud and deserving of the publicity
and copies get pride of place on the
In September this year, Paddy and
Anne retired from business, a decision taken after much agonising and
soul searching. For their final night as
hosts, they were joined by family,
friends and customers for a highly
enjoyable, if emotional send-off. Past
customers, visitors, and staff were
recalled and stories told, photo-
by Davy Morrissey
graphs taken, a fitting end to the family’s great social and business contribution to the life of the town.
Paddy left home at a young age for
London with Tommy Whyte in June
1960. They spent three months there
where Paddy worked in Woolworths
of Victoria. Paddy returned to
London on his own and worked in
Oxford Street, and in a wine shop on
Edgware Road where he remembers
many singers, Gene Vincent, Frankie
Vaughan, comedian Dick Emery, and
the Bowes Ryan family, whom he
later discovered were relatives of the
Queen Mother’s. A pub in Cananbury,
North London, was his next port of
call where he spent eighteen months
working for a Limerick man. Michael
O’Duffy, the Irish tenor, was a customer of his there. He also remem173
bers a family, Michael Fagin, his wife
ment capital of south Tipperary
and son Michael junior, as customers.
when ballad and music sessions
Junior later became infamous as an
began in the “Forge Tavern” part of
intruder in the Queen’s bedroom at
the courtyard. These were hugely
Buckingham Palace.
popular and many of the leading
London, then as
artistes and groups
now, was a great
of the day played
centre of entertainhere. Bobby Clancy,
ment and Paddy got
Anne Byrne and
to see and meet
many of the stars of
Maeve Mulvaney,
the day. He met and
has a precious autoEmerald
graph of Louis
Wexford, Ormonde
Armstrong, whom
Folk, Clonmel, Billy
he describes as
Kenrick and the
being an absolute
Remo from Clonmel
gentleman and a
are some among
star in every way.
the many that come
Billy Fury, Adam
to mind. Not forgetFaith, and Marianne
ting �local star’ Jim
Faithful were othCarroll, who always
ers. A Bing Crosby
did a turn with
autograph is also a
these bands to popPaddy Lonergan in the 1960s
part of Paddy’s vast
ular acclaim. Jim
array of memorabilia.
has entertained many over the years
In 1963 Paddy returned home and
with his vast repertoire and individre-opened the family business, which
ual style and can still be relied upon
had been closed since the death of
today (with a little urging) to do a
his grandfather in 1952. Poverty and
turn. Thanks Jim!
bleakness were endemic in Ireland at
The �Dubliners’, en route to a date
that time and customers were scarce.
at the Grand Hotel Tramore (1966),
A week’s wages of that era, would
broke their journey at Lonergans,
hardly buy a drink today. Paddy
having read about the “Forge Tavern”
remembers with great compassion
through a music column in the
the poverty and suffering of many
Evening Herald. They partook of
natives in that period. The range of
refreshments and got talking to the
drinks was quite small, and the range
only customer at the time, Dave
of customers equally small. Things
Morrissey, St. Patricks Place, who
slowly improved and in 1966
carried his tin whistle in his coat
Lonergans became the entertainpocket and enthralled them with his
Lonergan's Bar, established 1833, changed hands on Friday 2nd September.
Photographed on the final night are family members Paddy and Anne Lonergan
with children Gary and Kim
knowledge and mastery of music
they had not come across before.
They left rather late for their engagement in Tramore, and left a cache of
small bottles for Dave to consume at
his leisure. Paddy met Ronnie Drew
on a few occasions since and he
remembers the day vividly.
The showband scene was really
taking off at that time and Paddy got
to know many of them through his
involvement with the ballroom. All
the leading bands played in Fethard,
Joe Dolan, Dickie Rock, Brendan
Boyer, Joe Mac and Brendan
O’Brien, and many more. Most would
have partaken of refreshments in this
imposing bar at the top of Main
Street. Many became friends and
some were house guests of Paddy
and Anne. Paddy was to come across
Billy Fury again when he played in
the “Ballroom”. He and his wife were
house guests and he was fascinated
by the peat briquettes in the open
fire. He brought some back to
England in the boot of his blue
Mercedes. By the way, the record
crowd for the Ballroom was 1,987 for
a Joe Dolan dance.
In their many years in the trade,
Paddy (42 years), and Anne (37
years), played host to the great and
the good, the rich and famous, the
poor and the thirsty. Luminaries from
many walks of life, entertainment
sport, politics, etc, including
Pavarotti and Trevor Howard, politicians John Bruton, Bertie Ahearne,
Ruari Quinn and David Andrew; from
racing Vincent O’Brien, Mick
O’Toole, Brian Meehan, the Sangster
Jim Carroll, who celebrated his 65th birthday this year, is still good for a song.
family, and of course the Irish rugby
team of 1985 who played Fethard
senior footballers, among many.
Paddy’s pleasant manner and common touch made him an ideal
ambassador meeting all nationalities,
returned emigrants, and those tracing their lineage, with aplomb.
Anne and Paddy would like to
express their gratitude to their customers over many years, not just for
their trade, but also for their friendship and company. Quality on both
sides of the counter and a mutual
enrichment. Anne fondly remembers
the early days and her older customers with great fondness, and the
contribution the Green, St. Patrick’s
Place and Barrack St. residents
played in their business. They
remember fondly many that have left
us including Paddy O’Shea, Mick
O’Shea, Paddy McCarthy, Frank
Kearney, Michael Fox, Jimmy
Higgins, John Clancy, Paddy Ryan,
Tom Barrett, Gus Kenrick, Donal
O’Sullivan, Timmy O’Connor, Jimmy
Ryan, Mick Shelly, Paddy (Fifty)
Ryan, Mick Ryan, Jack Forsyth and
many others, R.I.P.
Being adjacent to the GAA field
and cattle mart added another strand
to the great spectrum of clientele.
Mullinahone, St. Patricks and
Ballingarry were great supporters
over the years and all added to the
great diversity of customers.
Bar staff were many, some long
term, some temporary, and some
fleeting. Francis Kearney, Jimmy
Higgins and Mick Ryan, who are no
longer with us; Danny Morrissey and
Michael McCarthy, were some of the
earlier staff.
Everybody will have their own special memories of this quality premises. New Year’s Eve was always a
great night as was Christmas Party
Night, and who can forget the
Fethard Festival (2am bar extensions) for a whole week.
Lonergans food had a great reputation and they acquired a large
lunchtime clientele adding further
brownie points to their portfolio. The
Lonergan family put together premises of rare quality and beauty,
adorned by antiques, memorabilia,
prints, paintings, photographs and
bric a brac, which we were privileged to share. Paddy’s love of racing
can be seen all about the premises,
including spectacular shots of �Call
Me Later’ in action. �Call Me Later’, a
great mare and winner of ten races
was owned by Paddy and a syndicate
of friends. She died tragically in a racing accident at Cheltenham — the
cruel side of racing.
I’m sure I speak for everyone when
I say we are sorry to see you go, but
you leave us with every best wish
from your friends and customers. To
your children Mark, Kim and Gary,
good luck in the future and thanks
for everything. To Anne and Paddy,
we wish you many years of a happy
and healthy retirement, and thanks
for the memories.
To the current owners John and
Roseanne, good luck and prosperity
for many years to come. вќѓ
New owners, John and Roseanne Carroll, getting into the Halloween spirit!
Fethard Ballroom celebrate 12 years
Fethard Ballroom men's committee members photographed at the 12th
anniversary dance on St. Patrick's night. L to R: Seamus Barry, Gay Horan,
Robert Phelan (secretary), Mick Ahearne (chairman), Paddy Hickey, Thomas
O'Connell and Sean Spillane.
night, 17 March 1993, the former
t. Patrick’s Night is a special
Country Club Ballroom, which was
night for patrons of Fethard
originally the Capital Cinema,
Ballroom, and this year was no
reopened its doors in splendour to
exception for the large number of
all and sundry. The ballroom was
dancers who turned up to celebrate
purchased about twelve months pre12 years of success with the organisviously, at a cost of ВЈ30,000, by the
ing committee and their many
Community Council but was in very
helpers. Fethard Ballroom is now
bad repair following at least five
one of the most popular venues for
years of closure and neglect.
popular dancing in the south with
However, community spirit came to
patrons driving from as far as
Wexford, Cork and Waterford every
the fore when various members of
the community spent endless nights
week. The committee would now
working to reinstate this building to
like to see more locals coming to
its former glory. A Christmas draw
enjoy the wonderful facility and
took place to generate funds for
warm friendly atmosphere generated
materials and as much voluntary
among the many loyal followers
labour as possible was used to make
every Sunday night. Dancing is from
the dream became a reality on St.
9pm to midnight and admission
Patrick’s Night. Most of the populaincludes light refreshments supplied
tion of the town and surrounding
by a very capable ladies’ committee.
areas danced the night away to the
Twelve years ago, on St. Patrick’s
sound of the Pat Burke Band from
Cahir, and enjoyed themselves
In 1994 the committee formed
Fethard Ballroom Company Ltd to
take over the running and financing
of the ballroom. On top of the purchase price, a further ВЈ17,000 was
spent on essential repairs to enable
the hall to open. By 1995 the committee had the original debt of
ВЈ47,341 reduced to ВЈ20,379.
1997 was a very difficult year for
the Ballroom with the possibility of
closure due to a large increase in
insurance premium for the facility
and also some insurance claims
against the Ballroom. With outstanding dedication and determination,
the committee tackled these problems and successfully turned around
this tough situation and have never
looked back since.
In the following years the committee, using mainly voluntary labour,
upgraded the hall to the tremendous
facility it is today, fitting out a new
fully equipped kitchen, new doors
and windows, new carpeting and
non-slip floor covering, and vast
improvements to the heating system
to eliminate draughts, reduce heat
loss and add to the comfort of
Today, the Ballroom is completely
paid for and self-sustaining and great
credit is due to the present committee who stuck with the project, and
the many others who also worked
with the committee over the past
twelve years. Well done!
We can show our appreciation by
coming along with our friends and
enjoying a dance on Sunday nights!
The committee assure us a very
warm welcome. вќѓ
Fethard Ballroom ladies committee who look after the refreshments every
Sunday. L to R: Sheila O’Donnell, Margaret Phelan, Catherine O’Connell,
Monica Ahearn (treasurer), Pat Horan and Breda Spillane.
Fethard & Killusty London Reunion
Photographed at this year’s Fethard-London Reunion L to R: Majella Looby,
Keith Barnes, Ray Looby, Pat Looby and Frances Barnes.
he Fethard & Killusty London
Reunion was again held in St.
Anthony's Parish Club in Edgware. In
excess of 50 people attended the
event, with attendees from as far
away as Bradford in Yorkshire and
John Maher, a resident of the USA for
the past 43 years, taking time out
from his holiday to attend.
Early arrivals were entertained by
Mary Morrissey and her band who
got the evening off to a fine start. The
reunion organiser Paul Looby
thanked Mary for starting off the
evening and asked her to cut the
reunion cake prior to her departure
for another gig.
Later in the evening, our band from
last year, �Billy and the North Wind’,
entertained all present 'til late, ably
assisted by Pat Shine for a few numbers. The Cummins family, formerly
from the Cashel Road, was well represented on the night and we would
like to wish one of our regulars who
couldn't attend, Gus Cummins, a
speedy return to full health.
The reunion would not be possible
without a lot of support. Paul Looby
has asked us to thank the following:
Mary Hennessy for once again allowing us the use of St. Anthony's Social
Club, Mary Morrissey and her band,
Billy and the North Wind, the Looby
family for their assistance with food
preparation and transport and
Fethard and Killusty Community
Council for their continued support.
The reunion most importantly,
needs the support of people — residents and emigrants alike. Paul has
asked for feedback from those who
attended and also from those who
didn't, with a view to providing an
even better event for next year.
If you have any comments, good,
bad or indifferent, please email Paul
at [email protected] or call on
+44 7967 648244. вќѓ
Killusty Pony Show
At the Killusty Pony Show were L to R: Tom Ronan (Senior), Romy Ronan (on
pony), Slaney Ronan and Thomas Ronan.
he 2005 Killusty Pony Show
was very difficult for the judge to
was held at Claremore, Killusty,
decide among the many colourful
Fethard on Saturday 2nd July. The
costumes. This year was no exception
Weather Steward will be retained, for
and with no rain to mar the proceedafter a truly appaling weather foreings, the colour lasted to the end. Mrs
cast, he managed to keep the rain
Annette Murphy was the judge.
away so that the show could go on in
The Dog Show increases in popuunexpected and welcome comfort.
larity every year. Mr and Mrs
Chapman from England kindly
The Fancy Dress Competition and
judged the classes. вќѓ
the Dog Show were spectacular. It
At the show were L to R: Michael Coffey, Pat Culligan and Barry Walsh.
Deaths in the parish
The following is a list of deaths that occurred in the parish during the year. We have also included
many of the deaths (from information supplied) that occurred away from Fethard and, in brackets,
the place of funeral service if known.
Bradshaw, Kathleen, The Green (Calvary)
Burke, Michael. Clonacody (Lisronagh)
Carpendale, Theodora (Fergus), Dublin (Calvary)
Croke, Kitty (Tobin) Farranaleen. (England)
Cummins, Dick, Main Street (Fethard Parish Church)
Cummins, Kathleen (O’Dwyer) Clonmel (Calvary)
Cummins, Margaret. Main St. (Fethard Parish Church)
Delahunty, Neddy, Market Hill (Calvary)
Delaney, Peggy, formerly Coleman (Bray)
Dorney, Mary �Mai’, Milestown (Cloneen)
Fagan, Mai (Strappe), formerly Drumdeel (Naas)
Fields, Madge (Looby), formerly Barrettstown (England)
Fogarty, Bridget, Curraghscarteen (Calvary)
Foster, Margaret (Heffernan), Congress Tec (England)
Frewen, Frances, Tullamaine (Calvary)
Gleeson, Frances (Walsh), St. Patrick’s Place (Thurles)
Godfrey, Joe, Derryluskin (Calvary)
Goode, Margaret, Coolmoyne (Glen of Aherlow)
Grant, Jerome, formerly Tullamaine (England)
Hackett, Margaret, Strylea, (Calvary)
Halpin, Teresa. Quartercross, Killusty (Killusty)
Healy, Kitty, formerly Burke Street (Dublin)
Hennessy, Pat, Derryluskin & London (Lisronagh)
Holohan, Maureen, Burke Street (Calvary)
Keane, Alice, Fr. Tirry Park (Peppardstown)
Kennedy, Sean, Burke Street (Calvary)
Leahy, Tess (Curran), Annesgift (Calvary)
Leonard, Patrick, formerly Rocklow (Passage West)
Martley, Denis, Moyglass (Calvary)
Matthews, Georgie, formerly Kerry Street (Manchester)
McCarthy, Michael, Main Street (Fethard Parish Church)
McGarry, Margaret, Woodvale Walk (Calvary)
Millet, Matt, formerly The Valley (Calvary)
Morris, Kathleen (Mulcahy), Kerry Street (London)
Murphy, Eileen, formerly Sparagoleith (England)
O’Donnell, Anna (Danagher), Kilnockin (England)
O’Dwyer, Noelle (Maher), Jossestown (Calvary)
O’Meara, James �Jim’, formerly Coolmoyne (England)
O'Connell, Mary (McInerney), Strylea (Abbey)
O'Connor, Biddy (Henehan), Middlesex (Calvary)
O'Donnell, Brian, Garrinch, Fethard, (Killusty)
O'Gorman, Richard, born in Fethard (New York)
Prout, Ned, formerly Killusty (Templemore)
Ryan, Paddy �Little Paddy’, Tirry Park (Calvary)
Shine, Michael (Jnr), Congress Terrace (Calvary)
Sr. Pius, Presentation Convent, Thurles.
Stapleton, Mary, formerly Cashel Road (Calvary)
Wall, Dick, Tullamaine (Calvary)
Walsh, Joseph, formerly Crampscastle (England)
Whelan, James, formerly Bennettshill (England)
Photographed after this year's Corpus Christi Procession are L to R: Canon
James Power, Pauline Sheehan, Tom Butler, Fr. Tom Breen P.P., Fr Malachy
Loghran OSA and Kathleen Kenny.
Our dear departed 2005
from available photographs
Kathleen Bradshaw
Dick Cummins
Margaret Cummins
Neddy Delahunty
Paddy Ryan
Noelle O’Dwyer
Brian O’Donnell
Matt Millett
Tess Leahy
Sean Kennedy
Denis Martley
Paddy Hennessy
Frances Frewen
Dick Wall
Alice Keane
Maureen Holohan
Margaret Hackett
Mai Dorney
Margaret McGarry
James Whelan
Weddings in the Parish
ГЃine Henehan, The Square Fethard, to Scott Kelly, Dublin (Abbey)
Eoin Prendergast, Cashel Road, Fethard, to Ms Gillian Ryan, Clonmel (Abbey)
Lorraine Treacy, Congress Terrace, Fethard, to Mr Ed Collum, Kilsheelan (Parish)
William O’Meara, The Green, Fethard, to Jennifer Vanderford, USA (Fethard)
Eoin Coffey, Enfield, Co. Meath, to Jennifer Casey, Mallow (Killusty)
Martha Williams, Carrick-on-Suir to Raymond Connolly, Killusty (Killusty)
Aidan Fitzgerald, Kiltinan, to Jennifer Keane, St. Patrick’s Place (Parish)
John J. Mullally, Woodvale Walk, to Eileen O’Brien, Woodvale Walk (Parish)
Bernard Cawley, Grove Road, to Margaret Sweeney, Clonmel (Parish)
Nigel Cleere, Ballingarry, to Anne (Marie) Noonan, Cloneen (Killusty)
Colm O’Donoghue, Cashel, to Emily Heyligen, Cashel (Abbey)
Martin Ryan, Clerihan, to Terese Murphy, Clerihan (Parish)
Weddings outside the Parish
John Kelly, Rathvin, Fethard, to Claire Love, Newry (Newry)
Shane Kenny, St. Patrick’s Place, to Niamh Connolly, Kilsheelan (Gambonsfield)
Liam Kenny, Cois Falla, to Rebecca Maher, Clonmel (Lisronagh)
Damien Byrne, Killusty, to Una Kiernan, Borris (Borris)
John McEvoy, Killusty, to Deirdre Cuddihy (Drangan)
Anna �Nadja’ Humphries, Coolmore to Eoin Barnible, Wexford (Rome)
Anne Looney, Fethard, to T.J. O’Connell, Dualla (Boherlahan)
David Lawton, Fethard, to Michelle Hickey, Lisronagh (Lisronagh)
Marriage of John Kelly, Rathvin, Fethard, and Claire Love, Newry, Co. Down.
The wedding took place in the Sacred Heart Church, Cloughue, Newry.
Wedding party L to R: Michelle Fox. Geraldine Love, Gemma Love, John Kelly
and Claire Love, Gabriel Horan, David Kelly and Mike Kelly.
Liam Kenny and Rebecca Maher who
were married in Lisronagh
Eoin Prendergast and Gillian Ryan
who were married in Fethard
Shane Kenny and Niamh Connolly
who were married in Gambonsfield
Lorraine Treacy and Ed Collum who
were married in Fethard
Donations Received 2005
Acknowledged below are donations (€10 and over) received from readers and organisations up to 30th
November 2005. We would also like to thank all those who wished to remain anonymous.
Adams, Joann, New South Wales, Australia
Ahearne, Bridie, Youghal
Aherne, Joan (Murphy), Clondalkin, Dublin
Allen, Vincent, Edenderry
Angel, Noreen (McDonnell), Sandiago, USA
Arkell, Joan (O’Donnell), Warwick
Armstrong, Monica (Dwyer), Northampton
Augustinian Abbey, Fethard
Aylward, Christie, Clonmel
Aylward, Mary, Bray
Aylward, Tony & Paula, Naas
Badgers Soccer Club, Fethard
Bagley, Margaret (Cooney), New York
Barnard, Brian, Castine, Maine
Barnes, Frances, Kent,
Barrett, Angela (McCarthy), Ardfinnan
Barry, Fr. Michael, Borrisoleigh
Barry, Michael, Kilkenny
Barry, Rose (Ryan), Lismore
Beavis, Pat (Finn), Herts., England
Boness, Cathy (O’Donnell), Biggleswade, UK
Broderick, Pat & Rowena, Melbourne, Australia
Browne, Nora (Ryan), Rathdowney
Burke, Eamonn & Nora, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Burke, James, San Francisco, USA
Burke, Joanne, Dublin
Burke, Kevin, Illinois, USA
Burke, Mary, Thurles
Burke, Patsy (Byard), Killenaule
Butler, Mike, Limerick City
Butler, Richard, Middlesex, UK
Butler, Sean, Lisronagh
Byard, Dr. Donal, Cincinnati, USA
Byrne Healy, Peg, , New Jersey
Byrne, John, Ballincollig, Cork
Byrne, R. A., Daingean Road, Tullamore
Byrnes, George, Texas, USA
Cahill, Michael, New York
Cantrill, Alan and Hazel (Mackey), Burton-on-Trent
Cantwell, Bill, Florida
Canty, Mary (Casey), Tramore
Carey, Peter, New Jersey USA
Carroll, Mary (Morrissey), Warwickshire, UK
Carroll, Mary (Shine), South Australia
Caruana, J.P., George J., Kensington, Australia
Casey, Fionnuala (Murray), Cork
Casey, Michael & Katherine, (Delaney), Newmarket
Cathie, Alice (Mulcahy), Hants.
Clark, Rita, San Mateo USA
Coady, Johnie & Mary, Dorset, England.
Coady, Michael & Elizabeth, Manchester
Collins, Olivia (Schofield), Templemore
Colville, Anthony, Essex, England
Colville, Peggy, Spittlefield, Fethard
Colville, Tony & Maeve (O’Shea), Tullamore
Comerford, Esther (Nevin), Kilkenny
Connolly, Joan (O’Meara), Ballybunion
Connolly, Sean, Kilsheelan
Cord, J., Sussex, England
Corr, Patrick Michael, Australia
Costigan, Sr. Nora, Callan
Crane, Tom, Illinois USA
Croke, Kevin J., Cheshire, UK
Cuddihy, Martin, Mass USA
Culligan, James, Malaga, Spain
Cummins, Catherine (O’Dwyer) RIP, Clonmel
Cummins, Gus, Peterborough
Cummins, Joan (Sayers), Cashel
Cummins, John, Dublin 5
Cummins, Liam, Clonmel
Cummins, Michael, Sunningdale, UK
Cummins, Michael, Yorkshire
Cummins, Mrs R., Hemel Hempstead, UK
Curran, Timmy, Welwyn Garden City, UK
Curtin, Jacqueline (Moloney), Stillorgan
Dalton, Aine (Tierney), Oakland, California
Dalton, Michael, Howard Beach, N.Y.
Darcy, Mr & Mrs Phil, Kent, England
Davin Haran, Mrs Lois, New York
Dawson, Sheila (Cummins), Solihull, West Midlands
Delahunty, Steve & Kathy, Novato, USA
Delaney, Catherine (Bergin), Nottingham, UK
Delany, Kitty, Parsonshill, Fethard
Delguidice, Mick & Peggy (Bedford), London
Devlin, Rainy (Healy), West Virginia, USA
Devlin, Rt. Rev. Msgr. B. P., Gibraltar
Dineen, James, California
Dixon, Patrick, Enniscorthy
Donohue, Anne (Morrissey), Limerick
Downes, Mary, Cahir
Duggan, Eugene, Christchurch, New Zealand
Dunphy, Deborah (Guiry), Dunhill, Co. Waterford
Dwyer, Geraldine (Fitzgerald), Newmarket-on-Fergus
Eustace, Teresa, Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon
Everard, Richard, Holland
Fahey, Betty (Bradshaw), Clonmel
Farrell, Christina (O’Donovan), Clonmel
Fethard Ballroom Ltd
Fethard Bridge Club
Fethard Community Employment Scheme
Fethard Community Games
Fethard Community Playgroup
Fethard Country Markets
Fethard Coursing Club
Fethard Folk Museum
Fethard GAA Club
Fethard Girl Guides
Fethard Historical Society
Fethard Judo Club
Fethard Legion of Mary
Fethard & Killusty Parish
Fethard Red Cross
Fethard Tidy Towns
Fethard Womens’ Group
Fitzgerald, Con, Bradford
Fitzgerald, Paddy, Wrexham UK
Fitzgerald, Patrick, Leicester UK
Fitzgerald, Sheena, Surrey, UK
Fitzpatrick, Jo Beatty, Long Island, NY
Fitzpatrick, Thomas, Woodlawn, New York
Flanagan, Frank & Rita (Fitzgerald), Bristol
Flanagan, John, Nr. Wantage, Oxon
Flanagan, Tony, London W5
Flanagan, Walter, Grove Wantage, Englang
Flannery, James, Perrysburg, USA
Flynn, Denis, Redhill, Surrey
Fogarty, Anne (Ahearne), Youghal
Fogarty, John & Veronica, Garrinch, Fethard
Fox, Andy, Thurles
Frewen, Willie, Tramore
Frost, Mary (Whelan), Surrey
Gallagher, Kathleen (Mackey), Croydon, Surrey
Gibbs, Maria (Scanlan), Calgary, Canada
Gibson, Mrs M., Tullaroan, Co. Kilkenny
Glover, Bruce & Jane (Napier), Sawtell, Australia
Gluck, Kathleen (Morrissey), Isle of Wight
Gough-Risk, Mrs. Patricia, California
Green, Laura (Cummins), Clonmel
Grimson, Douglas, Queensland, Australia
Gunne, Patrick, Islington, London
Gunne, Sean, Clonmel
Haide, Theresa (Quinlan), Bucks. UK
Halley, John, Dublin 16
Hanlon, Margaret, New Jersey USA
Hannigan, Dorothea (Schofield), Cashel
Hanrahan, Alice (Phelan), London W4
Harkin, Jennifer (Cummins), Leighlinbridge
Harrington, William, Cavan
Harris, Neil & Di, Reading
Hayes, Canon Matthew, Bath, UK
Hayes, Joe & Mossie, Rathcoole, Fethard
Hayes, Michael, Dublin 24
Hayes, Pat & Mary (Anglim), Queensland, Australia
Heffernan, Larry & Inger, Oslo, Norway
Henehan, Sean, Dublin 6
Hetterley, David & Frances (Kenrick), Hereford, UK
Hocken, Mary, Redditch, UK
Irish Countrywomen's Association, Fethard
Johnson, Dr. Brian & Joan (Carey), CT, USA
Jones, Mrs Barbara, East Sussex
Jordan, Ronan, Celbridge, Co. Kildare
Kavanagh, Elizabeth, Urlingford
Kavanagh, Rena (Keyes), Waterford
Keane, John, Tullamore
Kelly, Vera (Stokes), Cork
Kennedy, Bill and Liz, The Valley, Fethard
Kennedy, Fr. A. B., Portumna
Kennedy, John B., Maine, USA
Kenny, Maura (Stokes), Dublin 6
Kenrick, John, Cashel
Kenrick, Paddy, Clonmel
Kerr, Colleen, Ontario, Canada
Kevin, Sr. Monica OSU, The Bronx, New York
Killusty National School
Knight, Mai, Wantage, UK
Lanigan, Helen, Faugheen
Lavin, Michael James, New Jersey, USA
Leahy, Gerry, Kilkenny
Leahy, John, Grantham, Lincs.
Leahy, Thomas, Oakwood, UK
Lines, Ellen, (Flynn), Milton Keynes
Lonergan, Thomas, Preston, UK
Looby, John & Patricia (Halloran), Surrey, UK
Lord, Caroline (Connolly), Milton Keynes, UK
Lovatt-Dolan, Elizabeth (Quirke), Dublin 14
Lyons, Alice, (McDonnell), Birkenhead
MacDermid, Walt, Silver Spring, MD, USA
Mackay, Ann (Murphy), Devon, England
Mallon, Nuala (Kenny), Sandymount, Dublin 4
Malone, Mary (Maher), New York
Mannion, Cathryn (Byrne), Athlone
Marshall, Frank, Kilkenny
Marshall, Tom & Patricia, Portlaoise
Martin, Lucy (Wyatt), Lawrenceville, Georgia
Martley, Sr. Margaret, Cork
McCarthy, Don, Leixlip
McCarthy, Kitty, Main Street, Fethard
McCarthy, Tony, Cross Street, Clonmel
McCole, Nora (O’Shea), Perth
McCormack Sheridan, Eileen, Naas, Co. Kildare
McCormack, John Joe, Limerick
McCormack, Leonora, New Zealand
McCormack, Thomas, Gwynedd, Wales
McLaren, Mary (Ryan), Kent, UK
McLaughlin, Claire (Fahy), Leeds, UK
McNulty, Mary (Maher), Bedford, UK
McQuinn, Cynthia & Timothy, Indiana, USA
Meagher, Bridie (Phelan) RIP, Birmingham
Meaney, James J., London SW19
Meehan, Mrs Ellen, Oklahoma, USA
Moloney, Patrick F., Bucks. UK
Moloney, Tom, Northampton UK
Mooney, Anna (Skehan), Belfast
Mooney, Noel, Roquefort-les-Pins, France
Moore, Mary, (Gorey), Drogheda
Moran, Bro. James, Abbeyleix, Co. Laois
Morrissey, Billy, Herts. UK
Morrissey, J. J., Tralee, Co. Kerry
Morrissey, Mamie (Murphy), St. Patrick’s Place
Morrissey, Mary, London N19
Morrissey, Patsy, Swords, Co Dublin
Morrissey, Pauline (Sheehan), Fethard
Morrissey, Sean, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Morrissey, Teresa (McCarthy), Ballymacarby
Mullins, Denis, New Jersey
Mullins, Vincent, North Yorks UK
Murphy, David, Dublin 16
Murphy, Muriel (Mullins), New Ross
Murray, Jim, Macroom, Cork
Nagle, Anastasia (Kelly), Bansha
Neville, Michael, Cork
Neville, Roger, Tullamore
Neville, Seamus, Tramore
Newport, Tony and Mary, Congress Tce, Fethard
Nichols, Betty (Dineen), Warwick UK
O’Brien, Margaret (Butler), Limerick
O’Brien, Mary (Kenrick), Limerick
O’Brien, OSU, Sr. Margaret, New York
O’Brien, OSU, Sr. Philomena, Blue Point, N.Y.
O’Carroll, Lila, California
O’Connell, Katie, West Yorkshire, UK
O’Connell, Peg (Darcy), Basildon, Essex
O’Connor, Jimmy, Castletown Berehaven, Co. Cork
O’Connor, Mary, Westport, Co. Mayo
O’Connor, OSA, Fr. John, Dungarvan
O’Connor, Stephen, Devon, England
O’Donnell, Anna (Danagher), Surrey, England
O’Donnell, Anna (Mackey), Niles, Illinois
O’Donnell, Brian, Fethard, (in Memory of)
O’Donnell, Jim & Betty, (O’Sullivan), Minnesota
O’Donnell, Jimmy, Dublin 16
O’Donnell, Mary (O’Meara), Ontario, Canada
O’Donnell, Tony, Dublin 9
O’Donovan, Gabrielle (Mackey), Naas Road, Dublin
O’Donovan, Greta, Burke Street, Fethard
O’Donovan, Michael, Clonmel
O’Dwyer, Chris and John, Strylea, Fethard
O’Dwyer, Elsie (Ahearne), Derryluskin, Fethard
O’Dwyer, Ita, Derryluskin, Fethard
O’Flynn, Patrick, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
O’Flynn, Peggy, Ballincollig
O’Gara (RIP), Nora, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
O’Gorman, Paddy, Woking, Surrey.
O’Hanrahan, Patrick, London W9
O’Hara, Catherine, Oxford, England.
O’Hare, Patricia (Murphy), Limerick
O’Keeffe, Larry & Helen (Cummins), Clonmel
O’Keeffe, Michael & Hazel, Birmingham
O’Mahoney, Laura (Ward), Ballybay, Co. Monaghan
O’Mara, Jimmy, New York
O’Meara, Molly, Caoimhe & Dara, Killusty
O’Neill, Hal, Cork
O’Neill, Ken, Dublin 6
O’Neill, Rt. Rev. Msgr. William, Georgia, USA
O’Reilly, Rita (Walsh), Dunadry, Co. Antrim
O’Riain, Padraig, Báile Atha Cliath 13
O’Riordan, Kay, Ballynoe, Co. Cork
O’Rourke, Andy, Dublin 15
O’Rourke, Paddy, Dublin 6W
O’Shea, Gerry & Alysa, Brooklyn, New York
O’Sullivan, Brian & Edith, Ayr, Scotland
O’Sullivan, John & Claire, Clonmel
O’Sullivan, Marie (McCarthy), Main Street, Fethard
O’Sullivan, Michael, Rathvin, Fethard.
O'Neill, PP, Rt. Rev. Msgr. William, Savannah, USA
Oriental Gardens & Lonergans Bar
Paine, Vera (O’Donovan), Cambs. England
Patrician Presentation Secondary School, Fethard
Perkins, Biddy, (Power), Cheltenham
Phelan, Gus, Crampscastle, Fethard
Phelan, Kathleen (Elsie), New York
Phelan, Robert, Strylea, Fethard
Power, Canon James, Fethard
Power, Ellen, Rosslare Road, Co. Wexford.
Power, Ned, Wolverhampton UK
Purcell, Tom, Burke Street, Fethard
Purcell, Yvonne, London
Quinn, Elaine (Maher), Ennis, Co. Clare
Reeves, Maureen (Fogarty), Shrewley, UK
Robinson, Bridget (Smith), Dundalk
Roche, Peggy (Kenny), Thurles
Ryan (Jnr), Mattie, Buffana, Killenaule
Ryan, Ann (Neville), Thurles
Ryan, Breda (Grant), Golden
Ryan, Brendan, London
Ryan, Donal, Kentucky, USA
Ryan, John (Boxer), Kilsheelan
Ryan, Mary (Murphy), Cashel
Ryan, Michael J., St. Albans, Herts.
Ryan, Michael, Monasterevin
Ryan, Noel, Surrey UK
Ryan, Thomas, London NW3
Sayers, Tony, Peterbourgh
Sgarlata, Patricia (Sheehan), Loudonville, N.Y.
Shannon, Tony, Leeds, UK
Sharkey, Neil, Galway
Shattock, Jack & Pam (Myles), Essex UK
Sheehan, Don, Cincinnati, USA
Sheehan, Patrick, London N17
Shine, Benny, Essex, England
Shine, Nessa (O’Donovan), London E7
Shine, Pat, Herts. UK
Shine, Tom, Cahir
Shortman, Mary (Quirke), Herts, England.
Skehan, CSsR, Rev. William, Philippines.
Skehan, Nicholas, Dublin
Slattery, William, Mitchelstown
Smith, Robert, Waltham Abbey, Essex
Squires, May (O’Dwyer), Essex
Stapleton, Martin & Rita (O’Grady), Dublin 7
Stapleton, Peggy, Thurles
Staunton, Rena (Stokes), London NW1
Szwarc, Agnes (Culligan), Kent UK
Taylor Family, Saucestown, Fethard
The Curator, County Museum, Clonmel
Tingley, Ellen (Culligan), Seven Oaks, Kent, UK
Tobin, Patrick & Ellen (Walsh), Clonmel
Torpey, Kitty (Strappe), Cambridge,
Totonchi, Louise (Kenrick), Illinois
Trehy - Halliday, Max, Sydney
Vinten, Joan (O’Shea), Maidstone, Kent
Voss, Eleanor (Morrissey), Surrey UK
Wade-Palmer, Eileen (Doherty), Hampshire
Walker, Eleanor (O’Donnell), Australia
Walsh, Gerard, Ontario, Canada
Walsh, Mary (Fahy), Portlaw
Walsh, Pat, Leeds UK
Walsh, Pat, N.S.W. Australia
Watson, Simon & Amanda, North Shore City, NZ
Whelan, Kathleen (Quirke), Clonmel
Whelan, Miriam (O’Brien), Drakesland, Kilkenny
Whelan, Paddy, London SE13
White, Marie (Dineen), Leamington Spa UK
Woodlock, Austin, Birmingham
Woodvale Walk Residents Association
Woodward, Sheila Aline, Warkickshire UK
Wright, Ann (Flanagan), Wantage, Oxon
Wyatt, Frank, North Carolina, USA
Wyatt, Kathryn, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wyatt, Kevin, Phoenix, Arizona
Wyatt, Paul, San Francisco
Wynne, Monica (Dwyer), Clonmel.
If, for any reason, we have omitted your name, please let us know
and we will acknowledge your donation next year.
A letter from Ring Irish College 1946 by Tony Newport
he following letter, written by
Tony Newport on 18th July
1946, was sent by to his parents from
Ring College, Co. Waterford, where
students go to learn the Irish language in natural surroundings. Ring
College is still going strong today and
not much has changed since 1946 —
or at least from what parents are told!
Dear Mam and Dad,
I hope you are well as I am here.
We arrived here at about 6 o’clock
on Monday night. We did not go to
sleep for a long time after we went to
bed that night because we were
singing all night. I am sleeping in the
same bed that I was sleeping in last
year and I am sharing the room with
Paddy Sullivan and Michael
There are three boys from Clonmel
staying in the room next to us and
one of them is Tony Millet. Tony and
another boy from Limerick were
singing solos for us last night. We
could hear them quite plain because
there is only a wooden partition
between the two rooms. Condon is
the Limerick boy’s name and I was
shouting, “Style Condon!”, and Fr.
Lee wanted to know this morning
who was shouting it.
We have only to go to the college
for one hour a day now. All the
chocolate is gone now because I
shared it with the other two.
Henehans brought a pot of jam and
every night we get about a dozen
cuts of bread and have a right feed of
bread and jam before we go to bed.
The weather has not been so good
up to this but I went swimming three
times since I came. I went in today
and the water was cold as ice. We go
to the cГ©ilГ­ every night and have
great fun there.
That is all the news I have for the
present. Give my love to all at home.
Please send some more chocolate.
Love from,
Photographed at a surprise 40th birthday party held for Helen Carrigan at
Slievenamon Golf Club are L to R: Kylie Magner, Frances Boyle, Helen
Carrigan, Ann Moloney, ГЃine Wright, Michael Knightly and Melissa Stokes.
Tipperary footballers, Declan Browne and Paul Fitzgerald, performing the official opening of Butler's Sports Bar new off-license on Main Street, Fethard.
Chris Punch, a nephew of Mary Danagher, enjoying his tour of Fethard Folk
Museum. Photographed above with Jimmy Mullins (right).
Children from Fethard Community Playgroup. Back L to R: Sean Walsh,
Caoimhe O'Meara, Ben Coen, Matilda Magnier, Cathal O'Mahoney. Middle
Row L to R: Keylin O'Donnell, Chloe Nolan, Alison Connolly, Lucy Cummins,
Lucy Spillane. Front L to R: Hanna Dolan, Maggie Fitzgerald and Leah Coen.
Members of the Sayers family from St. Patrick's Place photographed at a family
reunion L to R: Tom Sayers, Monica Moriarty, Joan Cummins, Jim Sayers, Rita
Kelly, Chrissie Cummins, Patsy Kirwin, Peg Barrett, and Buddy Sayers.
(Missing Catherine, Nan and Liam.)
Boys and girls from Fethard who received their First Holy Communion at Holy
Trinity Parish Church Fethard. Back L to R: Canon James Power, Maureen
Maher (teacher), Kate Quigley, Hannah Tobin, Molly Proudfoot, Eoghan
Hurley, Niall Doocey, Tommy Anglim, Fr. Tom Breen P.P. Middle Row L to R:
Kayleigh Higgins, GrГЎinne Fanning, Amy Sweeney, Niamh Shanahan, Niamh
O'Meara, Adam Fitzgerald, Darragh Bradshaw, Charlie Manton, Ms Carmel
Lonergan (teacher). Front L to R: Jane Morrissey, Jennifer Rice, Larissa Clancy,
Katie Butler, Clodagh Bradshaw, Shauna Mackey, Cormac Horan, Joedy
Sheehan and John Bernard O'Reilly. Missing from photograph is Jack Connolly.
Group photographed with Rt. Revd. Peter Barrett M.A. Bishop of Cashel and
Ossory at the �Flower Festival — Fethard Through the Ages’ held in aid of the
Restoration Work on the Holy Trinity Church of Ireland.
Photographed at the Augustinian Abbey 700 Celebrations are Back L to R:
Kathleen Connolly, and sisters Joan O'Meara, Teresa Fogarty and Breda Walsh.
Front L to R: Ciara Connolly and Ryan Walsh.
Residents of Fr. Tirry Park action group who are awaiting South Tipperary
County Council to undertake repairs to their houses for many years.
L to R: John Fahey MCC, Pat Fitzgerald, Seamus Moloney, Paddy and
Margaret Grant, Noel Coffey, Maureen Keane and David Hennessy.
Photographed at the official opening of St. Bernard's Group Homes 30th
Anniversary exhibition of photographs by Rev Patrick Mooney, "The Mystery of
the Ordinary". L to R: Rev. Patrick Mooney, Sr Г‰ilГ­s Bergin and Ms Pat Looby,
who officially opened the exhibition.
Davy Lawless, 36 years a postman, retired this year. Davy is photographed
above in Fethard Post Office where Joe O'Sullivan, An Post Area Office,
Limerick, made a presentation. L to R: Denis Toomey, John Fogarty, Davy
Lawless, Pat Brett, Joe O'Sullivan, Barry Connolly and Jane Hayes.
Needham Family from Friarsgrange, Fethard, photographed with their newly
found cousins Bill and Roz Gleason from Long Island, New York, who made
contact with their relatives through the Fethard Website. Bill and Roz travelled
to Fethard with their three children and were thrilled with the warm friendly
reception received from the Needham family. Back L to R: Willie Needham, Bill
Gleason, Roz Gleason, Majella Lonergan, Helen Needham, Francis Lonergan,
Geraldine Lonergan. Front L to R: Kathleen Tuohy and Val Needham.
Augustinian Abbey — celebrating 700 years in Fethard
The late Michael McCarthy looking after his stock on Market Hill
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